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Please join us on November 2-3, 2018 as the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania hosts the fourth Penn Reasons and Foundations of Epistemology Conference (PeRFECt4): Knowing What’s Right. The theme this year is the epistemology of the normative.

This year’s PeRFECt speakers will be Prof. Sarah McGrath, Prof. Rima Basu, Prof. John Bengson, and Prof. Michael Milona.

There will also be faculty and graduate student commentators-at-large (more information below).

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Registration (free) is required for anyone who wishes to attend PeRFECt4. To register, fill out the form here.

Tentative Schedule (as of 10/10/18)

Friday, November 2nd
    3 PM - 5 PM, Sarah McGrath, Moral Knowledge: Experience and Observation
    5 PM - 6 PM, Department Reception
    6 PM, Dinner for Participants, Location TBA

Saturday, November 3rd
    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM, Breakfast and Lively Discussion (including an optional meditation at 9:45), All are welcome
    10:30 AM - 12 PM, John Bengson, Moral Know-how
    12 PM - 2 PM, Lunch, All are welcome
    2 PM - 3:30 PM, Michael Milona, Sentimental Perceptualism and the Armchair: Toward a Comprehensive Moral Epistemology
    3:30 PM - 4 PM, Snack, All are welcome
    4 PM - 5:30 PM, Rima Basu, The Weight of Expectations
    6 PM, Dinner for Participants, Location TBA


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

Faculty Commentators-at-Large
Amelia Hicks (Kansas State), Sukaina Hirji (Virginia Tech), Magdalena Balcerak Jackson (University of Miami), Matthew McGrath (Rutgers), Daniel Star (Boston University), Daniel Wodak (Virginia Tech)

Graduate Student Commentators-at-Large
Samuel Fullhart (Princeton), Juan S. Piñeros Glasscock (Yale), Elís Miller (Harvard), Graham Moore (UBC), Daniel Muñoz (MIT), Catherine Rioux (Toronto), and Eric Sampson (UNC)

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 and the Penn Department of Philosophy for their support of PeRFECt4.


PeRFECt4 is organized by Errol Lord, Daniel J. Singer, and Lisa Miracchi.

Information about Previous PeRFECts

Go here for information about PeRFECt3 in 2017.

Go here for information about PeRFECt2 in 2016.

Go here for information about the first PeRFECt in 2015.