School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences


The Gettier Problem at 50

20 – 21 Jun 2013
Start time
Room 3.10/3.11, Dugald Stewart Building, 3 Charles Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9AD
Type of event

Conference programme

Thursday, 20 June

  • 09:00 - Christian Piller (University of York):
    "Practical Philosophy and the Gettier Problem"
    10:00 - Amber Riaz (Lahore University of Management Sciences):
    "Moral Understanding and Knowledge"
    Chair: Nick Treanor (University of Edinburgh)
  • 11:15 - Duncan Pritchard (University of Edinburgh):
    "Resolving the Gettier Problem"
    Chair: Jesper Kallestrup (University of Edinburgh)
  • 13:45 - Lisa Miracchi (Rutgers University):
    "Competence to Know"
    14:45 - Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa (University of British Columbia):
    "Knowledge Metaphysically First"
    15:45 - Yuri Cath (University of East Anglia):
    "Revisionary Intellectualism and Gettier"
    Chair: Aidan McGlynn (University of Edinburgh)
  • 17:00 - Timothy Williamson (University of Oxford):
    "Gettier Cases, Epistemic Logic, Justified Belief"
    Chair: Allan Hazlett (University of Edinburgh)

Friday, 21 June

  • 09:00 - Andrew McGonigal (University of Leeds):
    "What Kind of Problem is the Gettier Problem?"
    10:00 - Stephen Hetherington (University of New South Wales):
    "Gettierism and Luck"
    Chair: Lee Whittington (University of Edinburgh)
  • 11:15 - Erik Olsson (Lund Universitat):
    "Epistemology as explication, or: how to live with the Gettier problem"
    Chair: Stephen D. Hales (Bloomsburg University)
  • 13:45 - Mark Kaplan (Indiana University):
    "Why is it Important What You Know?"
    15:15 - Jennifer Nagel (University of Toronto):
    "Gettier Cases and the Limits of Cognitive Agency"
    Chair: Allan Hazlett (University of Edinburgh)
  • 17:00 - Ernest Sosa (Rutgers University):
    "The Metaphysical Gettier Problem and the X-Phi Critique"
    Chair: Peter Graham (University of California, Riverside)

Registration: There is no registration fee. Please email Allan Hazlett if you plan to attend.

Conference Topic: Since the publication of Edmund Gettier's paper "Is Justified True Belief Knowledge?," in June of 1963, a central epistemological issue has been the problem – known as the "Gettier problem" – of supplementing or replacing the traditional tripartite theory of knowledge, by developing a theory of the nature of knowledge not subject to counterexamples of the sort described in that paper. In addition to a vast literature explicitly devoted to this task, the Gettier problem has impacted numerous other areas: the internalism/externalism debate about epistemic justification, the question of the value of knowledge, and work on epistemic intuitions and philosophical methodology (among other areas). This conference, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Gettier's landmark paper, will bring together leading researchers to reflect on the Gettier problem and its legacy.

Pre-conference workshop: The conference will be preceded by the Philosophy of Luck workshop on 19th June.

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Sponsors: The conference is sponsored by the Scots Philosophical Association, the Mind Association, the Eidyn Centre, and the School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences.

Contact Details

0131 650 3654