The project KNOWLEDGE REASON AND NORMS aims at bringing together issues in the theory of knowledge and theories of theoretical reasioning and rationality on the one hand and issues in metaethics and in practical rationality on the other hand. It will focus in particular on a confrontation between theories of epistemic justification and theories of practical justication , and between theoretical and practical norms .
It will deal (2007-2009) with five main themes : A) a critical examination of the contemporary theories of « virtue epistemology » and of intellectual values , 2) an analysis and confrontation between theories of practical reasoning and theoretical reasoning, 3) an analysis of doxastic voluntarism and related issues in the philosphy of mind and knowledge, 4) an analysis of the « contextualist » approach to knowledge, and 5) an analysis of the ethics of truth and information in practical ethics. The aim is to explore the systematic relationships between these themes in order to develop a theory of intellectual values and norms and of their significance for epistemology and ethics (in particular for media ethics).
The project is led by Pascal Engel, Professeur ordinaire de philosophie contemporaine à l’Université de Genève, Julien Dutant, assistant de philosophie contemporaine à l’Université de Genève, et Anne Meylan assistante de philosophie à l’Université de Neuchâtel. It includes cooperation with other centers in Geneva (Affective Science, CISA , Kevin Mulligan and his collaborators), with the universities of Fribourg (Pr. Soldati), Lausanne (Pr. Esfeld). It aims at cooperating with other centers in Europe, such as Center for Mind, Value and Knowledge de l’Université de Stirling (UK), avec le Center for the Study of Mind in Nature de l’Université d’Oslo, with Center Epistemic Diversity and Public Reason of the University of Copenhagen ,with Institut Nicod - CNRS in Paris, with Archives Henri Poincaré de Nancy, and with a group of international research in the US.
Key words : epistemology, theory of knowledge, meta-ethics, ethics, practical reasoning, doaxstic voluntarism, virtue epistemology, normativity , contextualism, media ethics