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Please join us on November 15-16, 2019 as the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania hosts the fifth Penn Reasons and Foundations of Epistemology Conference (PeRFECt5).

This year’s PeRFECt speakers will include Prof. Jennifer Lackey (Northwestern), Prof. Lauren Leydon-Hardy (Amherst), Prof. Matt McGrath (Rutgers), and Prof. Jonna Vance (Northern Arizona).

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 PeRFECt5. To register, fill out the form here.

Tentative Schedule (as of 10/19/19)

Friday, November 15th
    3 PM - 5 PM, Jennifer Lackey, False Confessions and Testimonial Injustice
    5 PM - 6 PM, Department Reception
    6 PM, Dinner for Participants, Location TBA

Saturday, November 16th
    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, Matt McGrath, Suspending Judgment: What is it and how is it Justified?
    12 PM - 2 PM, Lunch, All are welcome
    2 PM - 3:30 PM, Lauren Leydon-Hardy, Epistemic Infringement
    3:30 PM - 4 PM, Snack, All are welcome
    4 PM - 5:30 PM, Jonna Vance, Foundationalism and Deep Learning
    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
Prof. Avery Archer (GWU), Prof. Zoe Johnson King (NYU/USC), Prof. Hilary Kornblith (UMass Amherst), and Prof. Nate Sharadin (TCNJ)

Graduate Student Commentators-at-Large
Aliosha Celeste Barranco Lopez (UNC), Chuck Goldhaber (Pittsburgh), Annette Martín (NYU), Heather Spradley (Harvard), and Vishnu Sridharan (USC)

The call for Graduate Student Commentators-at-Large is now closed.

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 Wharton School, and the Penn Department of Philosophy for their support of PeRFECt5.


PeRFECt5 is organized by Errol Lord, Daniel J. Singer, and Lisa Miracchi.

This year, we’re also joined by graduate students Vanessa Schipani and Youngbin Yoon

Information about Previous PeRFECts

Go here for information about PeRFECt4 in 2018.

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.