Revisiting the Evidence-as-Object Theory

When and Where

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 2:00 am to 4:00 am
Hybrid event: Regents Room (GSC 206), Goldring Student Centre and Online via Zoom


Sara Aronowitz, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto


In this talk, I consider an old question about the status of evidence: is it a state of mind or a type of object? By looking at the importance of reusing and revisiting memories, we can see a feature of our use of evidence that is hard to accommodate on mental-state or propositional theories of evidence: evidence is not just used once, but reused and repurposed. In an analogy with the role of evidence in archeology, I build a new case for the evidence-as-object theory.