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PERITIA Public Lectures: What Is Knowledge Resistance?
September 21, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:20 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, who we can trust, or how we should trust.
The PERITIA Lectures: Trust in an Age of Disinformation 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 United States come together to present their latest research on trust in science, disinformation, vaccine hesitancy, conspiracy theories, trustworthy science, truth and democracy, and trust and cognitive science.
Hosted by the UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life and the American University of Armenia, the lectures are open to all upon registration via Zoom and moderated by science communicator Shane Bergin. The second part of this online series runs every second Tuesday, from September to November 2021.
About the Speaker:
Åsa Wikforss is a professor of theoretical philosophy at Stockholm University and a member of the Swedish Academy.
Wikforss does research in the intersection of philosophy of mind, language, and epistemology and has published widely on a variety of topics in the area. She is a member of several international research networks and research councils and was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In September 2017 she published “Alternativa fakta. Om kunskapen och dess fiender” (Alternative facts. On knowledge and its enemies), a book that has had a great impact in Sweden. During 2018 she has had over a hundred public appearances, speaking about knowledge and knowledge resistance, in Sweden and beyond. She participates frequently in public debate in Sweden, in print as well as on TV and radio.
Language: English and Armenian simultaneous translation available
Registration for the PERITIA Lectures can be made here.