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Leiden Theoretical Philosophy Colloquium with Franz Berto,‘ “Tis an establish’d maxim in metaphysics...”: Modal Epistemology and Hume’s Other Principle’

Thursday 24 January 2019
Past events 2019
P.J. Veth
Nonnensteeg 1-3
2311 VJ Leiden

The Leiden Theoretical Philosophy Colloquium Series is pleased to announce a lecture by

Franz Berto


Conceivability-Possibility (Conc-Poss) principles in modal epistemology follow Hume’s view that whatever is conceivable or imaginable is possible, so that one can come to know that P is possible by, in some sense, conceiving or imagining that P. Which sense? I examine some answers motivated by mainstream views on mental representation in cognitive psychology. I argue that none of them supports Conc-Poss principles.


Franz Berto is Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the Department of Philosophy, University of St Andrews, and at the Institute for Logic Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam. He has been a fellow at the Universities of Notre Dame, Aberdeen, Padua, Venice, and at the Sorbonne-Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He works on non-classical and non-normal modal logics, modal metaphysics, general ontology and the methodology thereof, and the philosophy of computation.

Leiden Theoretical Philosophy Series

The aim of the series is to present lectures expressing non-standard views on philosophical questions relating to knowledge, truth, science, logic, metaphysics, and the mind, including their history.

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