We'll be having a one-day workshop on "Revelation and Humility: Our Knowledge of Mental and Physical Properties" at the ANU National Europe Centre on Friday November 18. Revelation (concerning a property) is the thesis that the nature of that property is revealed to us, or at least that it is knowable under certain conditions. Humility (concerning a property) is the thesis that the nature of that property is not knowable by us, or at least that it is not knowable by certain methods. Many philosophers hold revelation about mental properties, and many philosophers hold humility about fundamental physical properties. Sometimes the theses are combined, with consequences for the mind-body problem. The papers at the conference will discuss the revelation and humility theses, separately and together.
The speakers will be Daniel Stoljar (10am-noon) on "Lewis on Revelation", Derk Pereboom (1:30pm-3:30pm) on "The Nature of Fundamental Intrinsic Properties", and me (4pm-6pm) on "Revelation, Humility, and the Structure of the World". (My own talk will be fairly closely related to the topic of my recent post on Russell and Newman.) Registration is free, but if you plan to attend (and are outside ANU), please e-mail Karen Downing (karend at coombs.anu.edu.au).