Fact / Value, June 3rd-4th 2011

The first conference of the Knowledge / Value series was held at the University of Chicago on June 3-4, 2011. The focus was on the nature of the fact / value distinction, and how it comes to be at stake in the contemporary moment. Questions that structured or framed the conference included:


Throughout this conference and workshop series, we wish to experiment with format in order to facilitate as much discussion as possible. Fact / Value did have a component that was structured as a conference, open to the public. But it also had a day of meetings that were restricted to paper authors, discussants, and some graduate students. Papers were pre-circulated to this group, and were discussed in small break-out groups of 7-8 people each. Discussants prepared written commentaries on the papers that were also pre-circulated. And a graduate seminar was run by Kaushik Sunder Rajan around the conference, which involved reading conference papers, but also key texts (by the authors and others) having to do with Fact / Value.

The components of all of these are reflected in this website. Since many of the papers are draft papers, they will not be available in entirety. Also, the site is still under development, and more will be added in the coming weeks.

As you click on each author in the schedule, you will be taken to a page that has various details about their paper. These include:

Fact / Value Schedule

Fact / Value Interviews

Other conversations on Fact / Value