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August 2022

PPE-Affiliated Graduate Student Interest Meeting

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

If you are a graduate student interested in becoming affiliated with UNC’sPPE program, join us for a casual meet and greet/information session. Venue to be determined. We will meet in the lobby of Caldwell Hall at 6:00 and walk down together. Our Affiliated Graduate Students form a thoughtful community on campus that hosts events, brings in speakers, shares research, and works on a variety of projects related to PPE. Read more about our current PPE Affiliated Graduate Students here: Please…

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PPE General Information Meeting

August 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Want to understand the complex world in which we live? Consider UNC’s five-course minor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics that lets you satisfy Gen. Ed. requirements with an assortment of courses that together add up to more than the sum of their parts. The PPE Program also sponsors a robust range of extracurricular events, open to all, including: semester-long reading groups salons that focus on a singular, contemporary topic intensive topical weekend seminars (e.g. on poverty, the opioid crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic) a suite of early evening…

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In Honor of Geoffrey Brennan: “Making Normative Sense of Social Norms” with Philip Pettit

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Abstract: Geoffrey Brennan and I defended a theory of social norms, built on people’s interest in esteem, that later worried him on the grounds that if self-interest is at the origin of norms, then norms can only engage us prudentially: interest in, interest out. I argue that our original account can be extended to allay this concern. A counterfactual genealogy, akin to Lewis’s genealogy of conventions, can explain why social norms can assume the status of social demands rather than…

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September 2022

Applied Epistemology Workshop: The Epistemology of the Media

September 9 - September 10

    The first “kickoff” workshop for the Applied Epistemology Project will be "The Epistemology of the Media: New Directions." It will be held at UNC Chapel Hill, beginning at 3:30 pm on Friday, September 9, and continuing all day Saturday, September 10. About the workshops: Each of the four years of the Project, we will be hosting a workshop on a particular “domain” of applied epistemology. The first will be on the epistemology of the media; future topics may…

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