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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar - Can we know the fundamental nature of light?

18th November 2013, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green, Dr Juha Saatsi (University of Leeds)

I explore in general terms an argument that threatens to undermine justification for a certain kind of (highly) theoretical beliefs. The argument turns on a naturalistic conception of knowledge, according to which all human knowledge has been shaped by natural causes. The gist of the problem is that it appears very difficult, nay impossible, to conceive of a naturalistic account of the relevant kind of (highly) theoretical knowledge. "Knowledge" of the fundamental nature of light would plausibly be of the problematic kind.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.