Hotel and Travel 2011



Where To Stay

All sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, NJ. A limited number of reduced-priced rooms are available to those attending the Conference. The reduced rate is $115 per night ($10 lower than for 2009!) for a single or double room. To reserve rooms, call the Hyatt reservation line at (800) 233-1234 or (732) 873-1234 and inform the reservation clerk that you will be attending the "Rutgers University Epistemology Conference," and give him/her this reservation code "RU Epistemology." You definitely should make the reservations before April 15th and I would suggest making them as soon as possible to make certain that you get a room at the reduced rate. After that date, there is no guarantee that rooms will be available at all since the hotel tends to be fully booked.

For more information about the Hyatt, visit their website at: .


If you are flying, you should fly into the Newark Airport which is about 25 miles from the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, and then either take the train to New Brunswick or take the State Shuttle from the airport. The train connection is easy and lot cheaper. In the airport follow the signs to the free monorail "airtrain" that will connect you to the New Jersey Transit Line that goes to New Brunswick. As of February, 2010 the cost on NJ transit is $12.75 (one way). Buy your ticket using the vending machine. There is a $5 surcharge if you buy it on the train.

The train station in New Brunswick is located at the corner of Easton Avenue and Albany Street (Route 27). The Hyatt is only about a quarter of a mile away on Albany Street. Coming down the steps from the train platform, turn left and in 50 yards or so turn left again on Albany Street. The hotel is a couple of blocks downhill on your right. Big Sign - you can't miss it. (If you want to take a taxi, they are available at the train station.)

There will be a direct train to New Brunswick about every half hour unless you arrive fairly late at night (after 10:00 pm) or very early in the morning (before 7:00 am). Check this website for more information about the airtrain: and this site for information about the NJ Transit line: . You'll see that some trains require transferring in Newark. My advice is to take a train that does not require a transfer.

Reservations for the State Shuttle should be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling the State Shuttle at (973) 729-0030 or (800) 427-3207 or through their website at . As of February, 2010, the fare for one person from the Newark airport to the Hyatt Regency is $38 plus tolls and gratuity, for two people the cost is $48, for three people the cost is $60, for four the cost is $70.

Flying into one of the other local airports (John F. Kennedy or La Guardia) is possible but not desirable since they are about 2 hours away and the transportation costs to the airport are much greater. For example, the cost of the State Shuttle is about $120 (one way) from each of those airports.

Train service is available from New York and Philadelphia via NJ Transit on the North East Corridor Line.  (Make certain the train you take is schedled to stop in New Brunswick.)

If Arriving by Car...

-From North or South via New Jersey Turnpike

(1) Exit Turnpike at Exit 9. (2) Bear Right onto Route 18 North. (3) Once on Route 18 move quickly to the LEFT lane and stay in it approximately 1 mile (4) then shift to the right lane for about another mile and take the exit for Route 27 South. (5) Loop under Route 18 and at second light, make a left. (6) The hotel is on the left hand side.

-From North via Route 80

(1) Route 80 East to Route 287 South. (2) Exit Route 287 to New Brunswick, Easton Avenue South (Exit #10). (3) Stay on Easton Avenue until it ends (7 miles). (4) Make a left onto Albany Street (Route 27). At the second light, make a right. The hotel will be on your left.

-From West via Route 287

(1) Route 287 South. (2) Exit Route 287 to New Brunswick, Easton Avenue South (Exit #10) (3) Stay on Easton Avenue until it ends (7 miles). (4) Make a left onto Albany Street (Route 27). At the second light, make a right. The hotel will be on your left.

You can also visit the Hyatt's Maps and Directions page at the URL given above.

Young Epistemologist 2011



The Rutgers Epistemology Conference announces the seventh bi-annual prize for the best essay submitted to the Conference by a person with a Ph.D. obtained by the time of submission but not earlier than ten (10) years prior to the date of the conference. Thus, for the Conference on May 6th/7th, 2011, the Ph.D. must not have been awarded prior to May, 2001.  The author of the prize winning essay will  present it at the Conference and it will be published (along with the invited papers) in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.  The winner of the prize will receive an award of $1,000 plus all travel and lodging expenses connected with attending the Conference.


The essay may be in any area of epistemology. The essay must be limited to 5,000 words (not including footnotes and bibliography).  Please send three (3) printed copies and either a .pdf or Word copy.  The essays will be judged blindly and, thus, the three (3) printed copies (but not the .pdf or Word copy) must be prepared in such a way that the author’s identity is completely masked.  Only papers submitted in that fashion will be considered.  Papers must be postmarked by November 8, 2010. The winner of the prize will be announced by February 15, 2011. By submitting the essay, the author agrees to present it at the Conference, have it posted on the Rutgers Epistemology Conference Webpage, and published in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.   Please send the three (3) printed copies to:

The Young Epistemologist Prize
Philosophy Department
Rutgers University
1 Seminary Place
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1107

The .pdf or Word copy should be sent as an attachment to:

All questions about the Young Epistemologist Prize should be sent to the YEP email address (immediately above).

Schaffer, Jonathan


Jonathan Schaffer

Contact Information
Office: Seminary 3
Ph.D Rutgers 1999
Metaphysics, Epistemology, Language
Research and Professional Activities
Selected Publications
  • “The Internal Relatedness of All Things,” Mind 119 (2010), 341-76
  • “Monism: The Priority of the Whole,” Philosophical Review 119.1 (2010), 31-76
  • “On What Grounds What,” Metametaphysics, eds. Chalmers, Manley, and Wasserman (2009), 347-83: OUP
  • “Knowing the Answer,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75.2 (2007), 383-403
  • “Contrastive Causation,” Philosophical Review 114.3 (2005), 327-58


2011 Program


MAY 6th & MAY 7th, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Session I 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Mark Johnston
Princeton University
"On a Neglected Epistemic Virtue"
( PDF )

Break 3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Complimentary Refreshments

Sessions IIa and IIb 3:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Young Epistemologist Prize Winners

Sinan Dogramaci
University of Texas, Austin
"Reverse Engineering Epistemic Evaluations"
( PDF )

Sarah Moss
University of Michigan
"Updating as Communication"
( PDF )

Dinner 6:00 PM - 7:20 PM
Hotel Dining Room

Session III 7:30 PM - 9:15 PM

Jennifer Nagel
University of Toronto
"Intuitions and Experiments"

Reception 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Session IV 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM

John Greco
Saint Louis University
"A (Different) Virtue Epistemology”
( PDF )

Lunch 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Buffet in the Hotel

Session V 1:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Miranda Fricker
Birkbeck, University of London
"Group Testimony?  The Making of a Collective Good Informant"

Break 3:30 PM - 4:25 PM
Complimentary Refreshments

Session VI 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Jack Lyons
University of Arkansas
"Should Reliabilists Be Worried about Demon Worlds?"
( PDF )



Igor Douven,  Jeremy Fantl,  Jennifer Lackey,  Duncan Pritchard,  Susanna Siegel

Returning Invited Participants 

Fred Adams, Robert Almeder, Louise Antony, Robert Audi, Laurence BonJour, Jessica Brown, Anthony Brueckner, Albert Casullo,
David Christensen, Earl Conee, Joseph Cruz, Fred Dretske, Catherine Elgin, David Galloway, Carl Ginet, Alvin Goldman,
John Greco, Gilbert Harman, Allan Hazlet, Christopher Hill, Michael Huemer, Hilary Kornblith, William Lycan, Ram Neta, George Pappas,
James Pryor, Joel Pust, Sherrilyn Roush, Patrick Rysiew, David Sosa, Ernest Sosa, Matthias Steup, Jonathan Sutton, John Troyer, Gerald Vision, Jonathan Weisberg, Michael Williams 

There is no registration fee for the conference, but please notify Matthew Benton, the conference manager, at, if you plan to attend. All sessions will be held at the Hyatt in New Brunswick, NJ. Reduced room rates are available to those attending the Conference.

Schellenberg, Susanna


Susanna Schellenberg
Associate Professor

Contact Information
Office: Seminary 3

Ph.D University of Pittsburgh 2007
Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology, Philosophy of Language
Research and Professional Activities
My work focuses on perception and related topics in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and philosophy of language. I am particularly interested in the nature of perceptual content, the justificatory role of perception, and the unity of perceptual consciousness. I am currently working on a book in which I develop an integrated account of the phenomenology and epistemology of perceptual experience. One of the key ideas in developing this account is that the content of experience is best understood in terms of potentially gappy modes of presentations. I am also working on the structure of content more generally as well as the conditions for concept possession, the role of imagination, and the nature of mental capacities.
Selected Publications
  • “Perceptual Content Defended”. Noûs, forthcoming. 
  • “Ontological Minimalism about Phenomenology”. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, forthcoming. 
  •  “The Particularity and Phenomenology of Perceptual Experience”. Philosophical Studies, 149 (1), May 2010, pp 19-48.
  • “The Situation-Dependency of Perception”. The Journal of Philosophy, 105 (2), Feb. 2008, pp. 55-84.
  • “Action and Self-Location in Perception”. Mind, 116 (463), July 2007, pp. 603-632.