Philosophy Society: Bart Streumer

ERI Building - Room 149 (1st Floor)
Arts and Law, Performance, Research
Monday 4th March 2013 (16:15-18:00)
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Bart Streumer

Unbelievable Errors


This talk is part of a book manuscript entitled Unbelievable Errors, in which I argue that the truth about normative judgements seems to be an error theory but that we cannot believe this error theory. In this talk, I will concentrate on my argument for the claim that we cannot believe the error theory. I will try to explain why we cannot believe the error theory by defending the following two claims: (B1) We cannot fail to believe what we believe to be entailed by one of our own beliefs, and (B2) We cannot have a belief while believing that there is no reason for this belief. I will end by asking whether we can believe that we cannot believe the error theory.