CANCELED: Democracy, Truth and the Status of Expertise

Just about the only thing we can all agree on these days is that we are, around the world, swimming in untruth. But how did we get to this point? And is the problem really new?

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Welcome to this open lecture with Professor Sophia Rosenfeld, University of Pennsylvania.

She will examine the roots of our current dilemma, looking both at what’s a product of our recent past and at what goes all the way back to the peculiar relationship between democracy and truth established in the eighteenth century. Central to the discussion will be the growing but inevitable tension in modern democracies between the expansion of expertise, often tied to the prestige of science, on the one hand, and the appeal of common sense perspectives associated with “the people,” on the other.

The event is free and open to all, but please register:


The FORSK-KOMM Lecture:

The event is the second in the FORSK-KOMM lecture series, an annual public lecture on the relation between science and society.

Published Mar. 4, 2020 10:05 AM - Last modified Jan. 20, 2021 3:53 PM