Hosted by the Department of Philosophy, the annual Aquinas Lecture will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 4:15 pm in the Holy Cross Chapel.
Dr. Kevin McCain, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will discuss “Forgetting Memory Skepticism”.
Memory skepticism denies that we have some important epistemic good that is connected to memory that we typically believe we have. One kind of memory skepticism denies, in particular, our justification for thinking memory is epistemically trustworthy. In this paper we develop and respond to this skepticism. It could threaten memory in such a way that we would altogether lack beliefs. If it threatens memory in this way, then the skepticism is ultimately self-defeating. If it does not threaten memory in this way, then the skepticism leaves a foundation for an inference to the best explanation response. We articulate this response and explain why it is not problematically circular.
Dr. Kevin McCain is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His research interests lie primarily at the intersection of epistemology and philosophy of science. In particular, he is interested in the nature of explanatory reasoning and its role in responding to skeptical challenges as well as generating scientific and everyday knowledge.