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OUDCE Philosophy Weekends at Rewley House

Future Events Programme

Phlsoc members are entitled to a 10% discount on weekend courses listed below
(not applicable to the unaccredited lecture series).


2020
April 04-05: Human Nature: Does Evolutionary Explanation Have Limits?
Sorry, this event has been cancelled due to the coronavirus situation.
May 16-17: Meaning in Life
Regrettably, this event too has been cancelled.
May 30: Truth in a Post-Truth World
Julia Weckend & Doug Bamford
We are said to have entered a post-truth age. But what is truth anyway? And what exactly has changed? The current problem does not seem to be that of aiming at truth and missing the mark, but a lack of interest in getting it right. Is this sort of ‘post-truth thinking’ the new normal? In 1986 the American philosopher Harry Frankfurt famously distinguished between the liar and the bullsh*tter by remarking that one (the liar) is still guided by the authority of the truth whilst the other (the bullsh*tter) defies that authority and refuses to meet its demands. Careless deception therefore is more subversive than a carefully crafted lie. Self-interest and the trading of fake news may be as old as humanity itself, but what in pre-multimedia days had often stayed within the village boundaries now has a chance to be spread like an epidemic with large scale popular traction. Why are careful analysis and expert opinion so often the subject of distrust or even disdain while outlandish claims are readily embraced by a spellbound audience? What contributes to the rise of misinformation and how can we remedy the situation? In this day school two philosophers will guide you through the history of the concept of truth and what it might mean. We then consider how and why it has come under pressure in recent years and how we should respond.
October 12 - 17 November, 14:00 - 15:30: (unaccredited lecture series)
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October 17-18:
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November 21-22:
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2021
January 09-10:
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February 13-14:
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March 06-07:
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April 17-18:
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May 15-16:
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