Conceptions of Freedom in a 'Post-Truth' World: Religious and Philosophical Perspectives

July 1, 2019 - July 3, 2019
Faculty of Theology, Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania

Aleea Universității nr.1, Campus Corp A, Constanța, 900470

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Living in a milieu where 'truth' is relegated to a commodity and the public approaches the official information media sources as a 'reality show,' conceptions of freedom tend to get blurry, inflated or distorted. When it comes to religious freedom, affective reasoning seems to be all the more preferred to a more objective, dialogical, or discursive reasoning. What are the presuppositions of our conceptualizations of freedom, including freedom in religions? How does the contemporary propensity of people towards affective reasoning, as opposed to fact-based critical reflection, mean for our current discourse on the roots, content, context, and implications of freedom? Religious and secular scholars will strive to find ways to speak meaningfully about freedom on the individual and social levels and in the context of both, the secular as well as religious communities.

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June 1, 2019, 7:00pm EET

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