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ELAI Past Meetings

ELAI: Past Events

PPE Society Session: The Ethical Limits of Academic Inquiry

Date: November 4, 2023, 10:45 am CT

This event will take place at the Seventh Annual PPE Society Meeting.


  • “In Defense of ‘Harmful’ and ‘Dangerous’ Inquiry in Philosophy,” Eric Sampson, Purdue University, and Rebecca Tuvel, Rhodes College
  • “Academic Freedom and ‘Non-Platforming’,” Raja Haljani, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • “Academic Inquiry and Open-Mindedness,” Jack Kwong, Appalachia State University

Moderator: Lucia Schwarz, Tulane University

Read abstracts here.

Deep Disagreement and Meta-Arguments for Non-Engagement

Date: October 2, 2023, 11:00 am EDT

Speaker: Scott Aikin, Vanderbilt University

Abstract: Deep disagreements are marked by the fact that methods for argumentative resolution are as controversial as the items at issue. This makes them sites of conflicted deliberations on whether one should continue argument. Meta-arguments are arguments about arguments, and meta-arguments that participants should not argumentatively engage in cases of deep disagreement come in four forms: from sincerity requirements, from meta-evidential considerations, from harm-reduction objectives, and from epistometric management. Each of these arguments have troubling complications, and the broad Millian case for engagement may look more plausible in light of them.