Conference – Ignorance in the Age of Information

Conference – Ignorance in the Age of Information

Five major scholars of social epistemology present and discuss work on the perils of the age of information, the nature of ignorance in a social context, and other problems with our contemporary epistemic environment.

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Sven Bernecker is Humboldt Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cologne and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. His main areas of research are epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of mind, and he has published numerous articles inthese areas. He is the author of Reading Epistemology (Blackwell 2006), The Metaphysics of Memory (Springer 3008), and Memory (OUP 2010). He is editor of Knowledge (OUP 2000) with Fred Dretske, the Companion to Epistemology (Routledge 2011) with Duncan Pritchard, the Handbook of Philosophy of Memory (Routledge 2017) with Kirk Michaelian, and of Medical Knowledge in a Social World, a special issue of Synthese.


Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Disinformation

Quassim Cassam is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. He was previously Knightbridge Professor at Cambridge and has alsotaught at UCL and Oxford. His latest book, Vices of the Mind: From the Intellectual to the Political has just been published by Oxford University Press. His next book, on conspiracy theories, will be published later this year.




Echo Chambers and Fake News

Jennifer Lackey is the Wayne and Elizabeth Jones Professor of Philosophy at Northwestern University, the Director of the Northwestern Prison Education Program, and the editor of Episteme and Philosophical Studies.Most of her research is in the area of social epistemology, with a recent focus on issues involving the rationality of punishment, credibility and false confessions, the epistemology of groups, and disagreement. Jennifer is the winner of the Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewell is Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution and the Young Epistemologist Prize,and has received grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.


Regina Rini teaches in the Philosophy Department at York University, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Moral and Social Cognition. She writes about many things, including: moral agency, moral disagreement, the psychology of moral judgment, partisanship in political epistemology, and the moral status of artificial intelligence.

Before coming to York in 2017, she was Assistant Professor / Faculty Fellow at the NYU Center for Bioethics. Before that Rini was a postdoctoral research fellow in philosophy at Oxford University and a junior research fellow of Jesus College Oxford.



Jason Stanley is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. Before coming to Yale in 2013, he was Distinguished Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University. He has also been a Professor at the University of Michigan (2000-4) and Cornell University (1995-2000). His PhD was earned in 1995 at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT (Robert Stalnaker, chair), and he received his BA from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1990.