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Consolations for a post-truth world

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Tuesday 14 November 2017, 6.30PM

Speaker(s): Julian Baggini, philosopher

Yarburgh Lectures

How did we find ourselves in a "post-truth" world of "alternative facts"? And can we get out of it?

From time to time, not very often, it looks as though the world has given philosophy a job to do. Now is such a moment. At last, a big abstract noun – truth – is at the heart of a cultural crisis and philosophers can be called in to sort it out. 

Julian Baggini argues that because it is complicated and multi-faceted, truth can easily become the midwife of falsehood. However, by identifying the different ways in which "truth" is established we can restore faith in the value and possibility of truth as a social enterprise. Attaining truth is an achievement we need to work for, together.

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See Julian's TEDTalk from 2015.

Location: Room SLB/118, Spring Lane building

Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book below.

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