PERITIA Public Lectures [Un]Truths: Trust in an Age of Disinformation#

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 [Un]Truths: 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, conspiracy theories, trustworthy science, truth and democracy, and trust and cognitive science.

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How to join#

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 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 on this page. Registration is free.



April 6: Trust in ScienceNaomi Oreskes (Harvard University)
April 20: Misunderstanding Conspiracy Theories — Quassim Cassam (Warwick University)
May 4: The Democratic Value of Truth — Michael Lynch (University of Connecticut)
May 18: Trustworthy Science Advice — Heather Douglas (Michigan State University)
June 1: Trust vs. Argument — Dan Sperber (Institut Jean Nicod)


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870883. The information and opinions on this website and other communications materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Commission.

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