The Open University of Israel

 Dr. Levi Spectre

 Dept. of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies

Updated: August 2013

 

Personal

Office: 972-9-7782014

Cell: 972-50-2075666

E-mail: levisp@openu.ac.il

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Education

2009 Ph.D., Stockholm University. Dissertation: Knowledge Closure and Knowledge Openness: a study of epistemic closure principles. Supervisors: Prof. Peter Pagin, main supervisor (Stockholm University); Prof. John Hawthorne (Oxford University); Prof. Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm University)
2002-2005 M.A. studies in Philosophy (incomplete), The Hebrew University, Israel
2001 B.A. Philosophy, The Hebrew University, Israel
2001 Teaching Diploma: Philosophy, The Hebrew University School of Education, Jerusalem, Israel
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Area of Research

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Academic Positions

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Teaching

Spring 2013 Epistemological Problems: A course for outstanding BA philosophy students of the Open University of Israel.  
Spring 2013 Some Challenges of Contemporary Epistemology: A course for advanced undergraduate philosophy students at Stockholm University, Sweden. (National course open to students from Swedish Universities)
Spring 2012 Some Challenges of Contemporary Epistemology: A course for advanced undergraduate philosophy students at Stockholm University, Sweden. (National course open to students from Swedish Universities)
Fall 2011 Epistemological Problems: A course for outstanding BA philosophy students of the Open University of Israel.  
Fall 2010 Problems, Debates and Paradoxes in Contemporary Epistemology: A course for advanced undergraduate philosophy students at Stockholm University, Sweden. (National course open to students from Swedish Universities)
Fall 2010 Scientific Method and Research Ethics: A course for Humanities MA students at Stockholm University, Sweden.
Fall 2009 Scientific Method and Research Ethics: A course for Humanities MA students at Stockholm University, Sweden.
Fall 2009 Religious Belief in Jewish Philosophy of the Middle Ages: An open course for Paideia (The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden) fellows on religious belief in Jewish philosophy of the Middle Ages. The focus of the course is on the apparent/real tension between rationality and science and Jewish religious belief.
Spring 2009 Problems, Debates and Paradoxes in Contemporary Epistemology: A course for advanced undergraduate philosophy students at Stockholm University, Sweden. (National course open to students from Swedish Universities)
Spring 2009 Scientific Method and Research Ethics: A course for Humanities MA students at Stockholm University, Sweden.
Fall 2008 Philosophy of Social Science: Part of an MA program of Electronic Government at Örebro University, Sweden.
Fall 2008 Scientific Method and Research Ethics: A course for MA students for the faculty of Humanities at Stockholm University, Sweden.
2001-2005 TA at The Hebrew University: Aristotle, Critical Evaluation of Contemporary Philosophical Texts, New Philosophy (from Descartes to Kant), Introduction to Moral and Political Thought, Introduction to Philosophy (for a trial pre-University program in the Humanities). 
2001-2005 High School Teaching, for students graduating in philosophy at Harel High-School of Mevasert Zion in Israel: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Ethics, Jewish Philosophy, Epistemology, Early Modern Philosophy, and Introduction to Philosophy.
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Publications

"Mr. Magoo's Mistake," with Assaf Sharon, Philosophical Studies, 139, 2 (2008), pp. 289-306.

Knowledge Closure and Knowledge Openness: a study of epistemic closure principles, Stockholm University, (2009), ISBN 978-91-7155-973-9. PhD dissertation. 

"Dogmatism Repuzzled," with Assaf Sharon, Philosophical Studies, 148, 2 (2010), pp. 307-321.

"Sleeping Beauty Meets Monday," with Karl Karlander, Synthese, 174, 3 (2010), pp. 397-412.

“Statistical Evidence, Sensitivity, and the Legal Value of Knowledge,” with David Enoch and Talia Fisher, Philosophy and Public Affairs. Volume 40, Issue 3 (2012), pp. 197–224.

"Epistemic Closure Under Deductive Inference: What Is It and Can We Afford It?" with Assaf Sharon,  Synthese, (forthcoming).

"Evidence and the Openness of Knowledge," with Assaf Sharon, Philosophical Studies, (forthcoming).

In preparation

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Conference Lectures

"Relativism and Translation" Reflections on Davidson (international conference), Jerusalem and Ben Gurion University, February 2004.

"Mr Magoo's Mistake," (Assaf Sharon co-author), Rutgers-Princeton Graduate Philosophy Conference, Rutgers University, March 2007.

"Evidence and Knowledge Openness," (Assaf Sharon co-author), 8th Annual NYU/Columbia Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, Columbia University, March 2008.

"Evidence and the Openness of Knowledge," The 12th Conference of the New Israeli Philosophical Association, Open University, April 2009 (in Hebrew). (Online video recoding)

June 2010; Symposium on Avishai Margalit’s Compromises and Rotten Compromises, “Compromises”, Ben-Gurion University.    

September 2010; Professor Robert Stalnaker’s 2010 Wedberg Lectures; “Dispositional Properties and Games”, Stockholm University, Sweden.

May 2011; Knowledge, Evidence and Probability; “Evidence and Knowledge by Inference”,  Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. 

June 2011; Uncertainty in Morality & Law; “Statistical Evidence, Sensitivity, and the Legal Value of Knowledge”, co-presented with Prof. David Enoch and Dr. Talia Fisher; The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

November 2011; 3rd German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposium 2011; “Scope and Theoretical Rationality Principles”, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Tzuba Belmont Hotel, Israel.

January 2012; Theoretical and Practical Rationality; “The Rational Status of Deductive Inference Rules”, The Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS), The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel. 

May 2013 ; Epistemology Workshop; “Models of Internalism”, All Souls College, Oxford, England  

June 2013; Swedish Congress of Philosophy 2013; “Models of Internalism” (keynote lecture), KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden  

Departmental Seminar and Colloquium Lectures

March 2006; Philosophy of Science Seminar; “Mr Magoo's Mistake,” Stockholm University, Sweden.

December 2007; Logic and Language Seminar; “Evidence and the Openness of Knowledge”, Stockholm University, Sweden.  

March 2008; Philosophy of Science Seminar; “Sleeping Beauty Meets Monday”,  co-presented with Dr. Karl Karlander, Stockholm University, Sweden.

October 2008; Philosophy of Science Seminar; “Actual World Scepticism”, co-presented with Dr. Karl Karlander, Stockholm University, Sweden. 

December 2008; Logic and Language Seminar; “Bayesian Knowledge and Open Knowledge”, Stockholm University, Sweden.

April 2010;  Epistemology Seminar; “Open Knowledge”, University of Arizona, USA..  

May 2010; Department of Philosophy Colloquium; “Evidence and the Openness of Knowledge”, Bar-Illan  University, Israel.

November 2010; Department of Philosophy Colloquium; “Open Knowledge”, Ben-Gurion University, Israel. 

November 2010. Department of Philosophy Lecture; “Inference and Fallible Knowledge”,  Central European University, Budapest, Hungry.

December 2010; Department of Philosophy Colloquium; “Knowledge by Inference”, The Hebrew University, Israel. 

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