The London Lectures: Lani Watson - What is a question
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.
What is a question
We ask questions all the time but we rarely reflect on doing so. Yet what, who, when, where and how we ask questions can drastically effect what we end up knowing, believing and doing. This talk explores what questions are, why we ask them and how we all benefit from asking good questions and avoiding bad ones.
Lani Watson is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Edinburgh. She thinks, writes and talks about questions and questioning and consults with diverse organisations, from zoos to banks. www.philosophyofquestions.com
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Venue: Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road
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