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Epistemic Breakthroughs Workshop

24th June 2022 - 25th June 2022

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University of St Andrews


Friday, June 24th

Saturday, June 25th


Lecture Room 2, at St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews

What’s it about?

Our epistemic lives are marked by discoveries, changes of mind, epiphanies (if we are lucky), and ‘turning points’ – some of them potentially radical in nature. We may call these events epistemic breakthroughs. This philosophical workshop invites participants to think about the nature, varieties, and causation of such breakthroughs, as well as about their role in politics, society, and personal life.

How do I attend online?

For those who would like to attend online, we will be live-streaming the event. To attend the live-stream, you must register at the link below (Please note that, while we may take questions from the online audience, priority will be given to in person discussion):

Registration link:


24th June

09:00 – 9:30: Arrival and coffee

09:30 – 11:00    Sanford Goldberg (Northwestern) “What do Speakers Deserve? The Ethics and Epistemology of #BelieveWomen

Commentator: Susanne Burri (Universität Konstanz)

11:15 – 12:45  Fabienne Peter (Warwick) “On Trusting Your Own Political Judgment”

Commentator: Robert Talisse (Vanderbilt)

12:45 – 13:45: Lunch

14:00 – 15:30     Catarina Dutilh Novaes (VU Amsterdam) “Can Arguments Change Minds?

Commentator: Jim Weatherall

15:45 – 17:15 Rachel Fraser (Oxford) “Understanding is Seeing

Commentator: Justin Snedegar (St Andrews)

25th June

09:00 – 9:30: Arrival and coffee

09:30 – 11:00   Sophie-Grace Chappell (Open University) “Epiphanies

Commentator: Julia Driver (Texas at Austin)

11:15 – 12:45  Adam Etinson (St Andrews) “Inducing Wonder

Commentator: Louise Hanson (Oxford)

12:45 – 1:45: Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 C. Thi Nguyen (Utah) “Trust as an Unquestioning Attitude”

Commentator: Natalie Ashton (Stirling)

15:45 – 17:15 Cailin O’Connor (UC Irvine) “Interdisciplinarity Can Aid the Spread of Better Methods Between Scientific Communities”

Commentator: Katharina Bernhard (St Andrews)



24th June 2022
25th June 2022


Adam Etinson
Justin Snedegar


Lecture Room 2, at St Mary’s College