Saving Sosa’s Safety, by Mark McBride (1 Sept 2011)

Philosophy Seminar Series: 1 Sept 2011, 2-4pm, Philosophy Resource Room; Speaker: Mark McBride, DPhil candidate, Oxford University, and Postdoctoral fellow, NUS; Moderator: Dr. Ben Blumson

My purpose in this paper is to defend safety as a necessary condition on knowledge. First, I introduce Ernest Sosa’s (1999) safety condition. Second, I set up and grapple with Juan Comesaña’s (2005) putative counter-example to safety as a necessary condition on knowledge; Comesaña’s case forces us to consider Sosa’s updated (2002) safety condition. From such grappling a principled modification to Sosa’s (2002) safety condition emerges. Safety is safe from this, and like, attacks.

mcbrideAbout the speaker: Mark McBride a DPhil candidate at the Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University. During AY 2011-12, he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Faculty of Law.
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