Philosophy Colloquium: Daniel Stoljar, ANU

Realism v Equilibrism in Philosophy

The Fall 2021 Philosophy Colloquium Series presents Daniel Stoljar (ANU).

Abstract:
According to the realist about philosophy, the goal of philosophy is to come to know the truth about philosophical questions; according to what Helen Beebee calls equilibrism, by contrast, the goal is rather to place one’s commitments in a coherent system. In this paper, I present a critique of equilibrism in the form Beebee defends it, paying particular attention to her suggestion that various meta-philosophical remarks made by David Lewis may be recruited to defend equilibrism. At the end of the paper, I point out that a realist about philosophy may also be a pluralist about philosophical culture, thus undermining one main motivation for equilibrism.

We’ll be doing this colloquium as a pre-read. The paper is available here: https://philarchive.org/archive/STORVE-2

When

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 10, 2021

Where

Zoom

Event Contacts

Jonathan Weinberg