2011 Purdue Summer Seminar on Perceptual, Moral, and Religious Skepticism (June 8-24, 2011)

Director: Michael Bergmann (Purdue University)

Fifteen participants met at Purdue University in West Lafayette in June 2011 to discuss the challenges presented by various kinds of skepticism. They considered ways of responding to perceptual and radical skepticism, whether such responses could be used to address moral or religious skepticism, how disagreement might defeat moral or religious belief, and whether moral and religious beliefs are undermined by evolutionary accounts of their origins. (For a more detailed description of the seminar content, see here.) Each of the participants was working on a related writing project, which they presented to the group. Michael Bergmann presented material from a monograph he is writing on the seminar topics. In addition, Walter-Sinnott Armstrong and Justin Barrett visited and spoke about moral skepticism and evolutionary accounts of religious beliefs, respectively. Both the director and the participants benefitted tremendously from this “summer camp” for academics. There were engaging conversations, informative presentations, numerous opportunities for lively discussion and productive research, as well as loads of fun activities on the side.