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1st Global Conference: Truth and Truthfulness (November, 2014: Prague, Czech Republic)
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Dr Rob Fisher, Inter-disciplinary.Net
1st Global Conference: Truth and Truthfulness
Tuesday 4th November – Thursday 6th November 2014
Call for Presentations:
But what do claims about truth and truthfulness mean?
This question is important, not only for philosophers, sociologists and theologians, but also for archaeologists, historians, psychologists, statisticians, mathematicians, and physical scientists, including cosmologists. For example, while archaeologists might attempt to uncover the truth about ancient civilisations, cosmologists pursue the truth about the nature of matter and the origins of the universe. The truth as an ideal and how it may be represented or sought, also figures significantly in media and the arts – in literature, theatre and fine art; in narrative and documentary film; in print, film and digital journalism. Finally, it is important to remain conscious that what we mean by ‘truth’ and by ‘truthfulness’ is also important for ordinary people and for many professionals, for example, teachers, weapons inspectors, lawyers, tax collectors, welfare benefits officials, insurance assessors, psychotherapists, priests, the police and politicians.
Truth and truthfulness: their nature and place in human life, will explore the ways in which ideas of truth and truthfulness are used by ordinary people as well as by academics and professionals, in a range of contexts, including the visual and figurative arts. The project will also engage with issues that are closely related to truth and truthfulness – conceptually, ethically and practically, including many that arise in relation to lying and deceit (including self-deceit) and from concern with knowledge and belief, certainty and doubt.
Proposals are invited for individual contributions and for symposia of three closely related presentations that address the project’s concerns on or around the following topics:
1. Conceptual issues about the nature of truth and its relationship to knowledge and belief; certainty and doubt; lying and deceit – focusing, for example, on questions such as:
-What does it mean to talk of truth?
2. The part that truth and truthfulness play in human experience in private, professional and public life; religious life and faith. Questions here might include, for example:
-Is telling what we believe to be the truth necessarily good or virtuous? For example must a doctor always tell his patients the truth?
3. The impact of truth as a value, ideal or goal, in cultural settings, including literature; theatre; narrative and documentary film; print, film and digital media. Questions here might include:
-What does it mean to say of a drama, or a novel, that it is ‘true to life’.
4. The part that truth, knowledge, certainty and doubt play in academic research in any area, including:
-Climatology, cosmology, evolutionary science, earth sciences and medicine, including psychiatry.
In order to support and encourage inter-disciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between these groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between The Erotic, Revolt and Revolution, Making Sense of Suffering and Truth and Truthfulness.
What to Send:
a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of proposal, e) body of proposal, f) up to 10 keywords.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
The conference is part of the Ethos series of research projects, which in turn belong to the Critical Issues programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging. All papers accepted for and presented at this conference are eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be invited to go forward for development into a themed ISBN hard copy volume.
Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.
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Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.