The conference will bring together scholars from various disciplines (psychology, epistemology, philosophy of science, law, statistics) and practicing professionals (lawyers/judges, clinicians, climate scientists, forensic scientists, journalists) to work towards an understanding of reasoning and decision-making under uncertainty through the lens of the notion of 'reasonable doubt'. The goal is not only to encourage interdisciplinary dialogue, but also to pay particular attention to everyday practice.
This should shed new light on epistemological and psychological questions about the nature and dynamics of belief and action, as well as on difficult judicial issues. Fostering such a dialogue among disciplines, and between researchers and practitioners, should also have implications for currently pressing societal issues such as the role and credentials of experts in democracy, conspiracy theories, science denial, and the epistemology and psychology of the social media — in short, societal concerns rooted in the difficulty of navigating an overwhelming mass of information.
This conference is organised by Marion Vorms and Ulrike Hahn (Birkbeck College, University of London), and is an activity of the ReaDoubt project supported by the European Commission (Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship), and by the Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques (University Paris 1, CNRS).
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Early bird registration closes 18 April 2017 - how to book