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PERITIA Public Lectures | [Un]Truths: Trust in an Age of Disinformation
After a successful first part in spring, we have invited more leading scholars to present their latest research on trust in science in the second part of the PERITIA public lectures series.

- 21 September: What Is Knowledge Resistance? - Åsa Wikforss (Stockholm University) CANCELLED. NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
- 5 October: A War on Science? The Death of Expertise? Rethinking Vaccine Hesitancy - Maya J. Goldenberg (University of Guelph)
- 19 October: Technology And Democracy. Cognitive Pressure Points And Solutions -
Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol)
- 2 November: Why is Climate Action so hard? - Philip Kitcher (Columbia University)
- 16 November: Title tba - Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard Kennedy School)

The series is hosted by UCD Centre for Ethics in Public Life and The American University of Armenia.

PERITIA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870883.
Oct 5, 2021 04:00 PM
Oct 19, 2021 04:00 PM
Nov 2, 2021 04:00 PM
Nov 16, 2021 04:00 PM
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21 Sep | Åsa Wikforss - What Is Knowledge Resistance? CANCELLED
Professor of Theoretical Philosophy @Stockholm University
Åsa Wikforss (born 25 July 1961) is a professor of theoretical philosophy at Stockholm University, and a member of the Swedish Academy. Wikforss does research in the intersection of philosophy of mind, language and epistemology and has published widely on a variety of topics in the area. She is a member of several international research networks and research councils and was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In September 2017 she published Alternativa fakta. Om kunskapen och dess fiender (Alternative facts. On knowledge and its enemies), a book that has had a great impact in Sweden. During 2018 she has had over a hundred public appearances, speaking about knowledge and knowledge-resistance, in Sweden and beyond. She participates frequently in the public debate in Sweden, in print as well as on TV and radio.
5 Oct | Maya Goldenberg - A War on Science? The Death of Expertise? Rethinking Vaccine Hesitancy
Associate Professor of Philosophy @University of Guelph
Maya Goldenberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Guelph and a member of Graduate Faculty at the Institute for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Toronto. Her research is in philosophy of medicine, philosophy of science, and bioethics. She is author of Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise, and the War on Science (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021) and journal publications addressing philosophical issues in evidence-based medicine, vaccination, science and values, clinical care, and women’s health.
19 Oct | Stephan Lewandowsky - Technology And Democracy: Cognitive Pressure Points And Solutions
Professor of Cognitive Science @University of Bristol
Stephan Lewandowsky is Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Bristol. His research examines people’s memory, decision making, and knowledge structures, with a particular emphasis on how people update their memories if information they believe turn out to be false. This has led him to examine the persistence of misinformation and spread of “fake news” in society, including conspiracy theories. He has become particularly interested in the variables that determine whether or not people accept scientific evidence, for example surrounding vaccinations or climate science.
2 Nov | Philip Kitcher - Why is Climate Action so hard?
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy @Columbia University
Philip Kitcher is John Dewey Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Columbia University. Before, he taught at the University of California, San Diego, and of Minnesota. Early in his career, he was primarily interested in philosophy of mathematics and general philosophy of science. During the late 1970s, he became very concerned with the philosophy of biology. That concern led him to investigate not only conceptual and methodological issues in biology, but also questions about the relations of biological research to society and politics. During the 1990s, his interests broadened further to embrace the role of scientific inquiry in democratic societies. Since coming to Columbia, that line of investigation has been further elaborated in relation to pragmatism (especially William James and John Dewey). Part of this work advances a program for naturalistic ethics (one he takes to be Deweyan in spirit).
30 Nov | Sheila Jasanoff - Title tba
Professor of Science and Technology Studies @Harvard Kennedy School
Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School. A pioneer in the social sciences, she explores the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and policy of modern democracies. Her books include The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, Designs on Nature, The Ethics of Invention, and Can Science Make Sense of Life? She founded and directs the STS Program at Harvard; previously, she was founding chair of the STS Department at Cornell. She has held distinguished visiting professorships at leading universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the US. Jasanoff served on the AAAS Board of Directors and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Her honors include the SSRC’s Hirschman prize, the Humboldt Foundation’s Reimar-Lüst award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, foreign member of the British Academy.