The quest for truth is as old as humankind itself. Deliberating on what is true and untrue is a uniquely human activity. However, it is precisely for that reason that truth is not an evident or static fact. It is brought about through human questioning and, as such, is the object of endless reflection and debate.
More than 50 VUB voices have each in their own manner and from their own discipline reflected on the theme of ‘truth’. The contributions in this book form a mosaic of voice on time-honoured and fundamental questions: What is truth? Who determines what is true and on what grounds? As experts, what role can and should scientists play in all this? Are we now in a post-truth era, and have we abandoned facts as the basis for truth claims? Does the digital revolution play a crucial role in our dealings with everything we consider to be true?
A question of Truth is the work of the VUB thinktank POINcaré and was edited by Joke Bauwens, Vincent Ginis, Trisha Meyer, Bart Van Kerkhove and Karl Verstrynge.
The book will be officially presented and launched at the minisymposium “Mensen en Wetenschap, op zoek naar verbinding” on Saturday, 25 March, 2023. As with other POINcaré books, this edited volume will be freely available in digital format.
13.30: Introductions by Pieter Ballon, Jacky Goris, Bart Libbrecht, Karl Verstrynge
14.00: ‘Truth, what is it good for?’ by Eline Severs
14.45: Panel discussion ‘What is the role of science in the quest for truth?’ with a.o.: Jean Paul Van Bendegem, Cathy Macharis and Pascal Verhoest – moderator: Xavier Taveirne
16.00: Break-out sessions
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A Question of Truth is the work of the VUB thinktank POINcaré and was edited by Joke Bauwens, Vincent Ginis, Trisha Meyer, Bart Van Kerkhove and Karl Verstrynge. Trisha Meyer is the principal investigator of the EDMO BELUX project. The edited volume also includes contributions by EDMO BELUX researchers Tom Willaert and Jonas Lefevere.
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