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Please join us on November 11-12, 2016 as the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania hosts the second Penn Reasons and Foundations of Epistemology Conference (PeRFECt2). Our keynote address will be delivered by Prof. Susanna Schellenberg. We will also hear papers from Prof. Julia Driver, Prof. Ram Neta, and Prof. Miriam Schoenfield. There will also be faculty and graduate student commentators-at-large (more information coming soon).

The deadline to be a graduate student commentator-at-large has passed, but you can see the Call for Participation here.

More information is coming soon, but for urgent requests, please contact

Tentative Schedule (as of 9/26/16)

Friday, November 11th
    3 PM - 5 PM, Susanna Schellenberg, Grounding Perceptual Knowledge in Perceptual Capacities
    5 PM - 6 PM, Department Reception
    6 PM, Dinner for Participants, Location TBA

Saturday, November 12th
    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, Breakfast and Lively Discussion, All are welcome
    10:30 AM - 12 PM, Julia Driver, The “Consequentialism” in “Epistemic Consequentialism”
    12 PM - 2 PM, Lunch, All are welcome
    2 PM - 3:30 PM, Miriam Schoenfield, Forming Beliefs Arbitrarily
    3:30 PM - 4 PM, Snack, All are welcome
    4 PM - 5:30 PM, Ram Neta, The Basing Relation
    6 PM, Dinner for Participants, Location TBA


PeRFECt talks do not have comments. Instead, we have invited a number of faculty and graduate students to serve as Commentators-at-Large. Commentators-at-Large are expected to be active participants in the discussion and help drive productive interaction.

Faculty Commentators-at-Large
    Kenny Easwaran (Texas A&M)
    Jonathan Jenkins Ichikawa (UBC)
    Kate Nolfi (Vermont)
    Anna-Sara Malmgren (Stanford)
    Alex Worsnip (UNC)

Graduate Student Commentators-at-Large
    Sara Aronowitz (Michigan)
    Will Fleisher (Rutgers)
    Zoe Johnson King (Michigan)
    Jared Liebergen (Iowa)
    John Phillips (UNC)
    Keshav Singh (UNC)
    Hannah Trees (Texas)

Accessibility Information

All of the talks and meals except dinners will take place on the fourth floor of Cohen Hall. Accessibility information for Cohen Hall can be found here.

We hope to make this event accessible to all who wish to participate. If you have any special requests for accommodations, please let us know as soon as possible by contacting us at

We are incredibly thankful to the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, the Penn Provost’s Excellence through Diversity Fund, and the Penn Department of Philosophy for their support of PeRFECt2.


PeRFECt2 is organized by Errol Lord, Lisa Miracchi, and Daniel J. Singer. Graduate students Eilidh Beaton and Ben Baker are the assistant organizers.

Information about Previous PeRFECts

Go here for information about the first PeRFECt in 2015.