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The London Lectures: Alvin I. Goldman - How Can We Decide Who the Experts Are? Or Can We?

Friday 1st November 2019 5:45pm - 7:15pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Free Event

We’re delighted to be teaming up with author and philosopher Julian Baggini and the Royal Institute of Philosophy to bring you The London Lectures—a series of wide-ranging talks by experts in the field of Social Epistemology.


How Do We Know? The Social Dimension of Knowledge


Knowledge is often thought of as something that we each individually have: something inside our own minds. But our knowledge depends on other people's testimony and expertise. And what we know depends on what our society makes it possible for us to know, either formally or informally, through social norms and practices that suppress some ideas and privilege others.


Alvin I. Goldman
How Can We Decide Who the Experts Are? Or Can We?


We often appeal to experts. But which experts should be relied upon? How can an ordinary person who lacks special training in the relevant sphere make a sound decision as to which self-proclaimed expert (if any) should be relied upon? Some people deny there are genuine experts altogether; it’s all just a sham, a fraud. Is this correct, or are there genuine experts? If so, how can non-experts detect who they are?


Alvin Goldman has taught philosophy at the University of Michigan, the University of Arizona, and Rutgers University.  He has written five books, more than 160 scholarly papers, edited numerous volumes, and been the subject of several volumes devoted to his work. 



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Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road

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