Bryan Frances, Head Researcher
Institute of Philosophy & Semiotics
University of Tartu

Synopsis

Over the centuries philosophers have discovered apparently intractable problems with our most fundamental concepts: time, space, parthood, meaning, truth, goodness, color, etc. These problems are so fundamental as to throw the legitimacy of those concepts into doubt. Recent advances in logic and science have done little or nothing to erase the disputes. Given these centuries-old controversies, it is doubtful that many of us can have knowledge concerning these disputed concepts since even the best experts are locked in sustained disagreement.

On the other hand, there seems to be great progress in philosophy over the last century, especially with the philosophical use of logic and science. But how can there be all this progress if the intractable expert disagreement robs us of knowledge?

Our project investigates these issues regarding expert disagreement and progress. The primary goal is to understand the epistemology of expertise and controversy, in philosophy and science.

Researchers & Speakers Include:

More Personnel

 

Torfinn Huvanes is a lecturer in philosophy at Umeå University.  His areas of interest include disagreement, language, epistemology, philosophy of mind, metaethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of science.

Speaker Torfinn Huvenes Lecturer in Philosophy at Umeå University

Jaako Hirvelä is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki. His areas include meta-ethics, philosophy of mind, metaphysics and metametaphysics.

Visitor Jaakko Hirvelä Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki

Contact

 

EMAIL

bryan.frances@yahoo.com

PHONE

Ruth Jürjo: +372 737 5314

ADDRESS

Institute of Philosophy and Semiotics
Jakobi 2, 315, 51005 Tartu, Estonia

 

Publications

Religious Disagreement

Frances, Bryan (forthcoming). “Religious Disagreement”, in Stewart Goetz and Charles Taliaferro (eds.) Encyclopedia of Philosophy of Religion, Wiley-Blackwell.

This research is supported by the programme Mobilitas Pluss project MOBTT45 and the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies (European Regional Development Fund) and is related to research project IUT20-5 (Estonian Ministry of Education and Research).”