This presentation formed part of the program of events related to the Renaissance Society's exhibition Between the Ticks of the Watch. It took place on May 5, 2016 on the campus of the University of Chicago.
James Conant is a philosopher who has written extensively on the philosophy of language, ethics, and metaphilosophy. He recently co-edited Varieties of Skepticism: Essays after Kant, Wittgenstein, and Cavell (Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, 2014), and in this lecture he discusses the different ways in which doubt has been understood historically and in contemporary philosophy.
Following Conant’s talk, Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer and Robert J. Richards discuss the value of doubting our assumptions about sex, science, and democracy. Bartsch-Zimmer is Professor of Classics and Gender Studies and Director of the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago, and Robert J. Richards is Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago.
Presented in partnership with the Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge.