DSCF9293Workshop: False but useful beliefs 

Date: 4th-5th February 2016

Venue: Herringham Hall, Regent's Conferences & Events

Regent's University London, Inner Circle, Regent's Park

London, NW1 4NS


Conference organisers

Lisa Bortolotti and Ema Sullivan-Bissett, University of Birmingham


A drawing of a figure stood before True and False signs


Thursday 4th February 2016

9:30-10:00 Arrival and tea/coffee

10:00-11:15 Anandi Hattiangadi (Stockholm University), "Radical Interpretation and Implicit Cognition" 

11:15-11:30 Tea/coffee break

11:30-12:15 Lubomira Radoilska (University of Kent), "Could False Beliefs Be Non-Accidentally Conducive to Agential Success?"

12:20-13:05 Jesse Summers (Duke University), "Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc: Some Benefits of Rationalization"

13:05-14:05 Lunch

14:05-15:20 Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham), "Are Positive Illusions Epistemically Innocent?" 

15:20-15:35 Tea/coffee break

15:35-16:50 Ema Sullivan-Bissett (University of Birmingham), "False but Useful Beliefs about Epistemic Normativity"

End of day one


Friday 5th February 2016

09:30-10:00 Arrival and tea/coffee

10:00-11:15 Neil Van Leeuwen (Georgia State University), "Props in the Clouds: On the Role of Agent-like Stimuli in Religious Practice"

11:15-11:30 Tea/coffee break

11:30-12:15 Kathy Puddifoot (University of Birmingham), "The Illusory Nature of the Ethical/Epistemic Dilemma over Stereotyping"

12:20-13:05 David Kovacs (Cornell University), "False but Useful Beliefs about Ordinary Objects"

13:05-14:05 Lunch

14:05-14:50 Kate Nolfi (University of Vermont), "Epistemically Faultless False Beliefs"

15:00-16:15 David Papineau (King's College London and CUNY), "Does Functional Falsity Refute Teleosemantics?"

16:15-17:00 Tea/coffee and good-byes

End of workshop


Here you find a brief report on the workshop.