Workshop Ethics in Epistemology

May 29th 2007, 9h45-17h00

Philosophy Department, University of Twente (NL)



3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology

Location: Drienerburght Hotel, University Campus, Enschede

Invited Speakers

Lorraine Code (York University-CA, Distinguished Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University-UK)

Bas van Fraassen (Princeton University-USA)

Sandra Laugier (University of Picardie - FR)

Linda Zagzebski (Oklahoma-USA)

More info: write to Isabelle Peschard  <i.peschard(at)>

This workshop aims to explore the possibility of an internal relation between ethics and epistemology. Ethics and epistemology are usually considered as two distinct philosophical domains. Ethics is seen as a source of external constraints on different domains of epistemic activity, and as providing an external model for the development of virtue epistemology. But when epistemology appeals to the traits of character of epistemic agents, such as courage or open-mindedness, as conditions for the formation of knowledge, is the image of two separate domains still appropriate? Wouldn’t the idea of an intrinsic contribution of ethics to epistemology be more relevant? Could ethical commitments then function as a productive component of the epistemic process? Seeing ourselves as epistemically responsible agents presupposes that our epistemic commitments involve choices for which we can be held responsible and which condition the acquisition of knowledge and may influence its content. To what extent do ethical commitments pertain to the choices that make us epistemically responsible?

The presentations will be followed by an open discussion.   

The participation is free of charge but the participants are asked to register and contribute for lunch (15euros). For registration send a message to Isabelle Peschard <i.peschard(at)>