12th Annual Midwest Epistemology Workshop 2018


Location: McKenna Hall (View on map.nd.edu)

The Midwest Epistemology Workshop (MEW) aims to advance interest in epistemology by organizing an annual workshop for the presentation and discussion of current work in the field. MEW also aims to establish a sense of community among epistemologists in the region that stimulates new research, improves its quality, and facilitates its dissemination. To this end, the workshop will be organized to encourage as much discussion and interaction as possible among the participants. Although workshops will typically be hosted by a college or university in the Midwest, all philosophers with an interest in epistemology are invited and encouraged to attend.

The University of Notre Dame will be hosting the 12th annual meeting of the Midwest Epistemology Workshop on October 19 – 20, 2018.


The deadline for registration will be October 8th. As soon as the registration site goes live, the link to the registration website will appear here.


The nicest and most convenient choice for accommodations is the Morris Inn, on campus. This is where our speakers will stay. 

Morris Inn
130 Morris Inn
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Reservations: (800) 280-7256
Direct Line: (574) 631-2000 
Rates: $179/night

More affordable options include:

Fairfield Inn and Suites
1220 East Angela Boulevard
South Bend, Indiana 46617 
Reservations: (574) 234-5510
Rates: $126/night and $236/night

The Inn at St. Mary’s
53993 Indiana State Route 933
South Bend, IN 46637
Reservations: (574) 232-4000
Rates: $118/night and $138/night

Ivy Court Inn and Suites
1404 Ivy Court
South Bend, IN 46637
Reservations: (574) 277-6500
Rates: $110/night and $135/night with group code 18EPIS 


The tentative program for this conference is as follows: 

Friday, October 19th

2:30-3:00: Andrew Cullison

3:30-5:00: Elizabeth Fricker 

Reception and Banquet:  6:00-7:30

7:30-9:00 Jennifer Nagel (Keynote) 

Saturday, October 20th

Continental Breakfast:  8:30-9:15

9:15-10:45: Richard Fumerton 

11:00-12:30: Allan Hazlett

Lunch break 12:30 – 1:45

2:00-3:30: Lauren Olin 

4:00-5:30: Matthias Steup 



Allan Hazlett, “Desire that Amounts to Knowledge”

We are familiar with the idea that belief sometimes amounts to knowledge.  I argue that, in the same sense, desire sometimes amounts to knowledge.  In defense of this, I assume the “guise of the good thesis,” on which desires are representations of goodness, in the same way that beliefs are representations of truth.  I defend a virtue-theoretic account of knowledge in general, and apply this to the case of desire that amounts to knowledge, or “conative knowledge.”  In support of this, I present intuitive cases of knowledge that are best understood as cases of conative knowledge.

Matthias Steup, “Conservative and Non-Conservative Epistemology” 

I begin with a discussion of which views in epistemology qualify as conservative and then delineate their non-conservative alternatives: dogmatism and credentialism. When the target of analysis is doxastic justification, conservatism says beliefs are justified unless defeated. The non-conservative competitors are  dogmatism, which says beliefs are always justified, and credentialism, which says beliefs are justified only if supported by positive evidence. When the target of analysis is propositional justification, conservatism says that belief sources—seemings—are sources of justification only if they are undefeated: only if there are no reasons to consider them unreliable. The non-conservative competitors are again dogmatism and credentialism. Credentialism says that a seeming is a source of justification for you only if you have evidence of its reliability. Dogmatism says seemings are always a source of justification: neither evidence of reliability, nor the absence of evidence of unreliability, is required. Whereas dogmatism about doxastic justification is obviously implausible, dogmatism about propositional justification is not only not obviously implausible but in fact enjoys a good deal of support. I discuss the benefits and costs of conservatism and its non-conservative alternatives and make a case for the conclusion that credentialism comes out on top.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the McKenna Hall Conference Center, which is located across the street from the Morris Inn. More information here.


Contact Information

Please address any questions to Blake Roeber (Roeber.2@nd.edu).