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PERITIA Public Lecture: The Democratic Value of Truth

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm +04


About the Event: 

Truth and trust are becoming contentious topics for science and democracy. Conspiracy theories disrupt political elections, disinformation campaigns target scientific consensus around climate change and vaccines, and anti-elite populism overshadows public debates. In the midst of a pandemic, citizens find themselves asking quintessential philosophical questions: what truth is, whom we can trust, or how we should trust.

The PERITIA Public Lectures delve into these phenomena to explore the concept of trust and truth in light of current events. Prominent philosophers and academics from Europe and the U.S. come together to present their latest research on trust in science, conspiracy theories, trustworthy science, truth and democracy, and trust and cognitive science.

The lectures are open to all upon registration via Zoom and moderated by science communicator Shane Bergin. The first part of this online series runs every second Tuesday, from April to June 2021. Participants are invited to join an interactive Q&A debate after each lecture. Reading materials are available for academic purposes. Registration is free. For registration and details about the upcoming lectures visit here.

About the Speaker: 

Michael Patrick Lynch is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of Connecticut. He is the director of the Humanities Institute and director of the New England Humanities Consortium. His work concerns truth, democracy, public discourse, and the ethics of technology.

Lynch’s newest book is Know-it-All Society: Truth and Arrogance in Political Culture. His other books include The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data; In Praise of Reason: Why Rationality Matters for Democracy; Truth as One and Many; and the New York Times Sunday Book Review Editor’s pick, True to Life.

Language: English with simultaneous Armenian translation


May 4
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm +04
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University College Dublin Centre for Ethics in Public Life
AUA within Horizon 2020 “PERiTiA – Policy, Expertise, and Trust in Action” project.


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