סמינר מחלקתי ה 13.12.2016 Dr. Silvia Jonas

יום ג', 13/12/2016 - 14:00 - 15:30

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 DR. Silvia Jonas

Polonsky Fellow, Van Leer Jerusalem institute

Will talk on:

Realism, Evolution, and the A Priori  

 

הסמינר יתקיים ביום שלישי,  י"ג כסלו,   13 לדצמבר 2016

בשעה 14:00, בבניין 1002, חדר 201

Abstract:

 

Arguments from evolution play a curious double role in recent debates about Access Problems for non-empirical domains of (a priori) truth, such as mathematics or morality. Antirealists argue that, if belief in mathematics and morals is determined by evolution, then we have reason to believe that our mathematical and moral beliefs are not about mind-independent truths, and that realism about mathematics and morality is false. Realists argue that, if belief in mathematics and morals is determined by evolution, then this gives us reason to think that belief in mind-independent mathematical and moral truths cannot be undermined. Thus, curiously, arguments from evolution can be used to argue both for and against realism. In my talk, I show why using evolution to argue for realism is problematic: it makes it too easy to be a realist about highly contentious domains, and it makes it too hard to challenge a realist’s belief.

 

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