The Post-Truth Era: Fact or Fiction?

Description
Are we now in a Post-Truth Era? What exactly does this mean, and is it a valid claim? Does the “truth” even exist? Professor Pulliam offers provisional answers to these questions, relying on historical, philosophical, and cognitive perspectives. She’ll trace the traditional methods Western societies developed in the quest for knowledge: appeals to reason and rules for logic; argumentation and debate; scientific observation and experimentation; legal standards regarding evidence; and social science survey protocols. But then come post-modern theories that challenge the very notion of truth, arguing that “truths” are the products of social construction and relativism. So where do we now stand? In an age of “alternative facts,” that’s an excellent question. Join the search for an answer!
Event Type
Course
Instructor
Linda Pulliam
Location
Mastick Senior Center
1155 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
Date/Time
Mondays, September 18 & 25; October 2 & 9, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fee
$48 for OLLI members
$66 for non-members
$48 for members of Mastick Senior Center