Friday, December 2, 2022 3pm to 5pm
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"A Critical Examination of Modalism, Normativism,
and Conferallism in the Epistemology of Modality"
Anand Jayprakash Vaidya
San Jose State University
University of Graz, Austria
Friday, December 2nd
Time: 3:00 PM
Abstract: In this talk we examine three new approaches to modality and modal knowledge: conferalism, normativism, and modalism. Contrary to realists, conferralists argue that essences are conferred but not discovered. Contrary to descriptivists, normativists argue that metaphysical modality is normative as opposed to descriptive. Contrary to analysts, modalists argue that modality cannot be analyzed, rather it is a primitive that does interesting work. In each case we point out problems as we argue for a non-reductive essence based account of modal knowledge that solves the problem of epistemic modal friction.
Anand Jayprakash Vaidya is Professor of Philosophy at San Jose State University. He has worked in the Epistemology of Modality since 1996. He is developing an essence-based account of modal knowledge.
Michael Wallner is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Garz, Austria. He works in metaphysics, especially grounding, and epistemology, especially modality.
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