Tuesday, January 26, 2021 | 12:00pm EST
Do Your Beliefs Hold Weight?: The Justification of Scientific, Religious, and Political Beliefs
Professor Akeel Bilgrami - Philosophy, Columbia University
Professor Teresa Morgan Classics, Oxford University
In a hyper-connected world, it is easy to be overwhelmed with information. We are bombarded with different opinions, and it is all too easy to absorb some of them without truly examining why we are doing so. The Veritas Forum at Columbia is hosting an event that hopes to challenge this practice by exploring how we come to hold certain views and how those views can or cannot be justified. We will be addressing questions such as: “How do we test what we believe?” “Is current culture a factor in how we decide what we believe?” “Can we vindicate our beliefs based on the fact that they’re shared?” “What is the role of self-knowledge in informing our beliefs?” and finally “What are the limits of science in shaping our beliefs?”
The online event will consist of a moderated discussion between Akeel Bilgrami (a Columbia Philosophy Professor) and Teresa Morgan (an Oxford Classics professor), as well as a Q&A with questions from the viewers.
Akeel Bilgrami is the Sidney Morgenbesser Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University. After studying English literature and philosophy at Bombay University, Professor Bilgrami obtained a second Bachelor’s in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He then earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, became an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and finally came to Columbia in 1985. His interests include the Philosophy of Mind and Language and Political and Moral Philosophy.
Teresa Morgan is a Fellow and Tutor at Oriel College of Oxford University. She earned an M.A. in Theology from Oxford and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classics from Cambridge. Her research interests include the history of ideas and education, as well as Church history. Having received a Templeton grant, she is currently working on a project entitled “The Philosophy, Theology, and Psychology of Christian Trust in God.”