Re-scheduled Event – Bart Streumer, April 16th

‘Can We Believe the Error Theory’
16:30 – 18:00
Location tbc.

According to the error theory, normative judgements are beliefs that ascribe normative properties, even though such properties do not exist. In this paper, I argue that we cannot believe the error theory, and that this means that there is no reason for us to believe this theory. It may be thought that this is a problem for the error theory, but I argue that it is not. Instead, I argue, our inability to believe the error theory undermines many objections that have been made to this theory.


One Day Workshop – May 21st – Charles Larmore The Practices of the Self

Professor Charles Larmore
W. Duncan Macmillan Family Professor in the Humanities
Brown University
A One Day Workshop on Themes from his most recent book The Practices of the Self
A lecture by Charles Larmore ‘The Nature of Wisdom’
Tilburg University
Commentators: Anna Zielinska (Grenoble); Jonathan Webber (Cardiff); Sean Gould (Tilburg); Alan Thomas (Tilburg)
TiasNimbus Business School Room 007
Tilburg University

10:00 a.m. – 17:30 p.m.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together a group of philosophers to discuss themes from Charles Larmore’s most recent book, The Practices of the Self. The workshop will be concluded by a lecture in which Professor Larmore will reflect on the themes of the work and discuss the new avenues of research that it opens up.

From early reviews of the book “This book represents, in any language, philosophy at its best” (Stan van Hooft, ‘Metapsychology’); “These … discussions alone show the extraordinary range of learning and interests that [Larmore] is able to bring to his project …. One feels, somehow, that the future of philosophy must lie in this method that refuses to exclude any serious philosophical attempt to come to grips with its topics”. (Carol Rovane, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

10:00 – 10:40 Paper 1 Jonathan Webber, Cardiff University ‘Authenticity’
10:40 – 11:00 Discussion of paper 1
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee
11:30 – 12:10 Paper 2 Sean Gould (Tilburg) ‘Inauthenticity and Moral Dissociation’
12:10 – 12:30 Discussion of paper 2
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch, Tilbury Restaurant
13:30 – 14:10 Paper 3 Anna Zielinksa (Grenoble) ‘The Normative Self’
14:10 – 14:30 Discussion of paper 3
14:30 – 15:10 Paper 4 Alan Thomas (Tilburg) ‘Self-knowledge, Commitment and Irony’
15:10 – 15:30 Discussion of paper 4
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee
16:00 – 17:00 Keynote Address Charles Larmore (Brown) ‘The Nature of Wisdom’
17:00 – 17:30 Discussion
18:30 Conference Dinner, Meesters