Epistemology of the Internet

Epistemology of the Internet Conference
African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science (ACEPS)
Department of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
3-5 November 2021

The internet has given us access to information on an unprecedented scale; anything we desire to know can be found at our fingertips. There is no denying the impact of the internet on us as contemporary epistemic agents. While access to so much information can place us in a good position to be better epistemic agents, the nature of that information and the agents that place it there have epistemically detrimental effects as well. So, it is important to investigate the potential epistemic costs and benefits of the internet, the nature of the knowledge obtained from it, and the sort of epistemic agency involved in our use of it. The purpose of this conference is to bring together scholars interested in this nascent field of study.

Possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Online epistemic agents
  • Epistemic standards for the internet
  • Tensions between traditional epistemology and knowledge through the internet
  • Online epistemic practices
  • Testimony and the internet
  • Online virtues and vices
  • Epistemic injustice on the internet

Keynote speakers:

The conference will be online.
A special issue based on the papers presented at the conference is under consideration.

Guidelines for submissions:
Anonymized abstracts of max 500 words should be sent to ACEPS.conference@gmail.com by 31 July 2021.
Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 August 2021.

Organisers: Abraham Tobi, Caitlin Rybko, Veli Mitova