Konek is the runner up for the Sanders Prize in Epistemology
4 December 2017
Jason Konek, who will be starting as a lecturer with the department in January 2018, is the runner up for the Sanders Prize in Epistemology for his paper "The Art of Learning".
Abstract: Confirmational holism is at odds with Jeffrey conditioning --- the orthodox Bayesian policy for accommodating uncertain learning experiences. Two of the great insights of holist epistemology are that (i) the effects of experience ought to be mediated by one's background beliefs, and (ii) the support provided by one's learning experience can and often is undercut by subsequent learning. Jeffrey conditioning fails to vindicate either of these insights. My aim is to describe and defend a new updating policy that does better. In addition to showing that this new policy is more holism-friendly than Jeffrey conditioning, I will also show that it has an accuracy-centered justification.
The Marc Sanders prize is a biennial essay prize for early-career scholars and attracts incredibly strong submissions. Jason's paper will now be published in Oxford Studies in Epistemology.