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Jennifer Nagel Colloquium

October 5, 2018 - 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Building 90, Room 92Q

free and open to the public

“Conversational Epistemics and Epistemology”

Some of the most interesting rules governing human conversations are epistemic in nature: in fact, it is argued that conversational turn-taking is fundamentally driven by the creation and resolution of epistemic imbalances. Drawing on recent work in conversational analysis, this paper argues that our natural vulnerability to epistemological skepticism is at least in part a by-product of the background epistemic monitoring system that supports ordinary conversational exchanges.

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