Sources of Knowledge: A Conference with Andrea Kern

A Conference at the University of Chicago, 9–11 February 2018

This conference is devoted to Andrea Kern’s recent ground-breaking book, ‘Sources of Knowledge’. It has far-reaching implications for contemporary epistemology and philosophy of mind, as well as for the understanding of Kant and Aristotle. The conference is jointly organized by Jim Conant (Leipzig/Chicago) and Matthias Haase (Chicago).  It is funded and supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship held by Prof. Conant at the University of Leipzig, as well as the Franke Institute for the Humanities and the Center for German Philosophy at the University of Chicago.



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The recordings of the talks and discussions can be found here. The papers can be found here. The password for the recordings is the same as for the papers. If you want the password, please contact the organizers.


9-11 February 2018


The Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago

Conference Program           

Friday February 9th

10:00 Introductory Remarks: Jim Conant (UChicago)

10:15-12:15 David Bakhurst (Queens) “Trouble with Knowledge”

Moderator: Matthias Haase (UChicago)

12:15 Lunch Break

2:00-4:00 Anastasia Berg (Cambridge) “For all I know…”: On the Infallibility of Our Capacity for Judgment

Moderator: Jonas Held (Leipzig)

4:00 Coffee Break

4:30-6:30 Will Small (UIC) “Kern on Rational Capacities”,

Moderator: Eric Marcus (Auburn)

Saturday February 10th

10:00-12:00 Guy Longworth (Warwick) “Kern on Knowledge and Fallible Capacity”

Moderator: Ram Neta (UNC)

12:00 Lunch Break

2:00-4:00 Sasha Newton (UIUC) “Against Epistemic Naturalism”

Moderator: Daniel Smyth (Wesleyan)

4:00 Coffee Break

4:30-6:30 Michael Williams (Johns Hopkins) “Seeing and Knowing”

Moderator: Arata Hamawaki (Auburn)

Sunday February 11th

10:00-12:00 Adrian Haddock (Stirling) “’There must not be anything hypothetical in our considerations’: Sources of Knowledge and the Project of Epistemology”,

Moderator: Martijn Wallage (Leipzig)

12:00 Lunch Break

2:30-4.30 Andrea Kern (Leipzig) ‘Responses’

Moderator: Matt Boyle (UChicago)

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