Estonian Annual Philosophy Conference 2017
Facts, Disputes, and Arguments in the Age of “Post-Truth”
11th -13th May 2017 at Kääriku
“Post-truth” was the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016. According to some authors, post-truth is a useful concept to understand some of the most recent political events. But what does post-truth mean? Is it really such a useful concept as many claim? Is post-truth a phenomenon confined to politics or does it pervade our culture as a whole? Does post-truth leave any room for engaged and reasoned debate over facts and values? And looking at past and present philosophy, how does post-truth relate to discussions on the nature of truth, on the genealogy and deconstruction of truth, and on truth-related values such as knowledge or truthfulness? Finally, should we come to terms with post-truth, and how, or should we attempt to resist it, and how?
Conference programme (updates 10.05.2017)
75 euros - accommodation at a hotel (2 nights, one of two beds in a double room), catering
50 euros - accommodation at a hotel (2 nights, one of two beds in a double room), catering (student rate)
25 euros - catering only, accommodation must be arranged by the participant.
Registration form (use the flag icon in the upper right corner to change the language)
In addition to plenary and parallel sessions the conference will feature a culture and entertainment program, including creative activity workshops.
Questions concerning substantive matters - head organizer Roomet Jakapi (roomet.jakapi [ät] ut.ee)
Questions concerning administrative matters - Triin Paaver (triin.paaver [ät] ut.ee)
Roomet Jakapi, Francesco Orsi, Triin Paaver, Jaanus Sooväli, Edit Talpsepp, Uku Tooming, Mats Volberg
The conference is organised by the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies (European Union, European Regional Development Fund) and is related to research project IUT20-5 (Estonian Ministry of Education and Research).
Workshop with Hasok Chang "Pragmatist Realism: Philosophy, History, and Science"
Based on the book Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism by Hasok Chang
Time: 6-9 March 2017
Venue: Jakobi 2 (Philosophicum - all classes and public lectures) and Ravila 14a (Chemicum - laboratory practice on Wednesday), Tartu, Estonia
Maximum number of participants: 20
Primary focus group: master, doctoral and advanced undergraduate students, and young scholars in philosophy, science and history
Amount of credits and final assessment (facultative): 3 ECTS, non-differentiated
General structure of the workshop: The workshop will include reenactments of historical experiments with chemical reactions in laboratory. Assessment will be based on an essay about the laboratory experiments.
Monday 6 March
9:30-10:00 AM Registration of the participants
10:00-11:30 AM, room 327, Class 1: Review/exposition of Is Water H2O? - Historical
12:00-1:30 PM, room 327, Class 2: Review/exposition of Is Water H2O? - Philosophical
4:15-5:45 PM, room 336, Public lecture 1: The revival of pragmatism in the philosophy of science
Tuesday 7 March
10:00-11:30 AM, room 327, Class 3: Pragmatism (and related doctrines) as well-rounded empiricism
12:00-1:30 PM, room 327, Class 4: Dewey on knowledge, inquiry and method
4:15-5:45 PM, room 336, Public lecture 2: Coherence, truth and reality
Wednesday 8 March
10:00 AM-1 PM, Chemicum, laboratory practice (room 1064)
4:15-5:45 PM, room 336, Public lecture 3: Realism for realistic people
Thursday 9 March
10:00-11:30 AM, room 327, Class 5: The pragmatic meaning of truth and reality
12:00-1:30 PM, room 327, Class 6: Active realism and the pursuit of knowledge
4:15-5:45 PM, room 336, Public lecture 4: Pluralism and humanism in science
All participants are expected to read the book Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism (2012, Springer) by Hasok Chang in advance.
Hasok Chang is currently Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. The most famous of his publications are his books „Inventing Temperature: Measurement and Scientific Progress“ (2004, OUP) and „Is Water H2O? Evidence, Realism and Pluralism“ (2012, Springer). See more about him.
Additional information: Ave Mets (ave.mets [ät] ut.ee)
Tartu Graduate Conference in The Epistemology of Disagreement
On the 25th and 26th March 2017 the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tartu will host a graduate conference on the epistemology of disagreement. The keynote speaker will be Jonathan Matheson (University of North Florida). The aim of the conference is to bring together MA and PhD level students who are working on this area and other related topics.
For further inquiries, feel free to contact Triinu Eesmaa (conference coordinator) at: triinu.eesmaa [ät] gmail.com
Conference is organised by the The Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, supported by the University of Tartu’s ASTRA project, PER ASPERA (European Union, European Regional Development Fund).