René Descartes Lectures 2014

Every other year, a distinguished philosopher visits Tilburg University to present the René Descartes Lectures.

It is a great pleasure to announce that Professor Hannes Leitgeb (LMU Munich) is this year's René Descartes Lecturer. Professor Leitgeb will deliver three lectures, each of which will be commented on by two renowned scholars. 

Rational Belief. Stability, Reasoning, and Action

Hannes Leitgeb, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich

                                               20 - 22 October 2014

                                    Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Workshop 'Full and Partial Belief'

Visit the Call for Papers page for a detailed description of the workshop.

Synopsis of the Lectures

The topic of these lectures will be a theory of rational belief that links up traditional accounts of categorical (all-or-nothing) belief with modern subjective probability theory by means of one principle: it is rational to believe a proposition just in case it is rational to have a stably high degree of belief in it. We will make the corresponding notion of stability precise, we will justify the resulting theory in different ways, we will explain what consequences the theory has for reasoning, acting, and communicating rationally, and we will apply the theory to well-known paradoxes and problem cases in epistemology, philosophy of science, and the philosophy of language.

Visit the Lectures page for a more detailed description of the content of the lectures.


During the conference there will be a disruption of train traffic.