Colloquium: October 16th

Title: "Social Practices and Epistemic Critique"

Speaker: Dr. Sally Haslanger (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Friday, Oct 16th at 2:30pm in CLE A203


Our social practices enable us to coordinate and communicate.  To do so, they rely on our collective ability to select from the vast information accessible by perception and thought, those features of the world that are salient for our joint purposes.  In short, social practices have a crucial cognitive component that guides our action in keeping with the practice.  In this paper I provide a sketch of how practices reveal, create, and occlude facts, and what forms of epistemic critique we need to address this in order to promote practices that are more just.