CFP: Perspectives about Truth

Submission deadline: June 5, 2022

Conference date(s):
June 20, 2022 - June 21, 2022

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Conference Venue:

Departamentul de formare pentru cariera didactica si stiinte socio umane, Politehnica University of Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania

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When it comes to truth, it is a central notion in various fields. Through this conference, we aim to provide an opportunity for researchers from different fields to talk about truth and other related notions. In order to achieve constructive discussions, the topics are going to be organized on panels; this way, the participants can meet other researchers with similar interests and common readings.

This conference is open to suggestions regarding the panels and possible workshops, taking into account this call for abstracts dedicated to any field linked to humanities.

Panel 1: Truth and other semantic notions (Organiser: Paula Tomi, UPB; UB)
When it comes to analytic philosophy, different truth theories aim to define truth

and provide a complex and comprehensive explanation. From the substantive theory of truths (coherence, correspondence) to the deflationary ones, they all seem to have both weak and strong points. We are interested in presentations that engage with questions regarding truth and other semantic notions. Some sample research topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:

  •  How can truth be defined?

  •  What are the links between semantic notions?

  •  Can semantic deflationism be epistemologically and metaphysically thin?

  •  How is truth presented in different philosophical traditions

Panel 2: Communication and social studies

This panel aims to gather together researchers interested in different aspects of
communication and social studies. Truth is strongly linked with information and the way it is presented. For this section, some of the possible research topics might be (not limited to):

  • Truth and manipulation

  • What can cross-cultural inquiries tell us about truth (as a philosophical or social

    concept)?

  • What can we learn about truth from different social groups or cultures?

  • What role has truth in Humanities?

Panel 3: Cultural heritage and memory (Organizer: Romulus Brâncoveanu, UB)
The way truth is defined changed throughout history. This effect had different causes: from political and social changes, to scientific and civilization progress. But did our way of seeing truth influence the way we saw and talked about cultural heritage and memory? This panel will focus on the relation between truth and different aspects of cultural heritage and memory. Some possible sample research topics might include (not limited to):

  • Truth and cultural heritage in the communist era
  • What is the relation between truth and memory?

Panel 4: Truth and Ethics (Organiser: Mircea Toboșaru, UPB)

Understanding truth means also understanding our ethical relation to truth. Do we owe the truth to our peers and to ourselves? Does it have intrinsic value, so that it is our duty to seek, expand, and affirm it? Is there such a thing as moral truth different from scientific truth? If yes, what is their relation? Are our current moral practices dependent on a strong notion of moral truth? Would they collapse if it disintegrates under philosophical analysis? This panel seeks to explore the horizon of such concerns, but also other subjects relevant to the connection between truth and ethics.

Panel 5: Post-truth (Organizer: Ciprian Bogdan, UBB)

Some believe that we are already in a post-truth era, one in which objective facts lose their robustness and become mere reflections of our emotions and personal beliefs. But, as we know, philosophy, political philosophy or social sciences in general have rarely been that naïve to think that objective facts are simply out there in the world without any kind of conceptual, cultural, or ideological mediation. Truth is far from simple. Even more so because lying, deception, false beliefs etc. seem intrinsically related to being human. So, what is really new about post-truth? This panel will address several topics without being limited to them:

  • Postmodernism and post-truth

  • Skepticism, relativism, and post-truth

  • Ideology (false consciousness) and post-truth

  • Democracy, populism and post-truth

  • Social media and post-truth

Panel 6: Modal truth (Organizer: Mihai Rusu, UBB)

Despite the extraordinary development of modal logic and the pervasiveness of modal notions in contemporary philosophical analysis, modal truth remains a controversial issue. While not many philosophers would maintain nowadays that modal notions are useless or insignificant, the nature and source of modal truth, especially metaphysical modal truth, is disputed. Some philosophers believe that modal truth is inextricably linked to our mental capacities (such as conceivability, imagination or intuition), while others argue that modal truth is independent of minds and that we may come to know modal facts by knowing facts about essences or by making various kinds of inferences starting from our knowledge of actual objects. This panel aims to address the main issues concerning modal truth and modal knowledge, such as:

  • What is the nature and source of modal truth?

  • What are the “ingredients” of our modal assertions? Are there merely possible

    objects or everything is actual? Are there modal facts?

  • How do we acquire modal knowledge? Is modal knowledge fundamental or

    derivative?

  • How can we understand essences?

  • What are the most promising contemporary accounts of modal knowledge?

  • How can we solve modal disagreement?

  • How can modal logic be used to model and shed light on core philosophical problems?

Panel 7: Educational Sciences

One of the main aims of education is to convey information. Despite this, there is no substantive notion of truth that is linked to educational sciences. Truth is also strongly linked to objectivity, but it can also lead to subjectivity. Also, if we accept that we’re living in a post-truth era, the whole educational system suffers major changes. This panel aims to address issues as the following ones:

  • What is the role of truth in education?
  • What other educational notions are linked to truth?
  • How does education change if we’re living in a post-truth era?

Panel 8: Truth and Metaphysics - A Continental Approach (Organizer: Horia Pătrașcu,  UPB)

There is a different perspective about truth when it comes to the European metaphysics. Starting with Parmenides, truth was seen as having different properties from the common use. For example, one of these perspectives was based on truth’s consequences: the atemporality of truth entails that time does not exist. This unusual way of treating truth goes on in different metaphysical approaches. These approaches strongly underline that truth is paradoxical. For example, Neoplatonism reaches high levels of apophatism, because sentences about being do not respect the law of non-contradiction. The speculative thinking used truth’s contradictory or paradoxal side; for example, it was essential in Hegel’s dialectic or Kierkegaard’s existentialism. In some cases, the truth’s paradoxicality  aimed the relation between knowledge and being, or One and God; in other cases this paradoxicality aims the relation between knowledge and freedom. Some sample research topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • How can freedom and truth be linked?
  • Is truth a synthesis of contradictions?
  • Is metaphysical truth transcending the logical laws?
  • Can we talk about an essence of truth?
  • Can humans create truth?
  • Is the transcendental accent a condition of the creative freedom?

Panel 9: What do we do with the hard truths? Ethical and theoretical challenges for the anthropology of unpleasant realities (Organizers: Ciprian Tudor - DFCDSSU, UPB and Radu Umbreș - FSP, SNSPA) 

Social scientists may sometimes encounter evidence which could contribute to a negative representation of the people involved in their research. Perhaps some popular stereotypes have some truth to them, or perhaps they discover new truths that could damage the reputation of their subjects and ethnographic collaborators. What is there to be done about such hard, inconvenient truths? Should researchers try harder to see the error of their data or interpretations? Or should they keep such ideas to themselves as an ethical act of preventing marginal groups from being further discriminated against? Or, conversely, should they disclose everything that comes up in empirical research as a commitment to truth irrespective of the social outcomes of their research? Are “hard truths” an obstacle or a challenge to rethink methodology, theory and the social use of science? 

This panel invites contributions from researchers who faced the problem of dealing with “hard truths” in their writing, academic conversations, collaborations with state or non-governmental agencies, or engagement with the general public. We are interested in the personal experience of ethical dilemmas, the dynamics of social engagement around “hard truths”, the negotiation of positionality both with academics and informants, as well as any other forays into the issue of uncomfortable truths. The panel is open to any empirical and/or theoretical contributions coming from anthropology and other social sciences that deal with controversial issues. 

We are welcoming both submissions for presentations and for panels.

Abstract submission: if you would like to present a paper or work in progress, please send an abstract (with 5 key words and a short bibliography) no longer than 500 words (bibliography not included) until June 5 at paula_pompilia.tomi[at]upb.ro.

Panel submission: if you would like to organize a panel, please send a short motivation (no longer than 200 words) presenting your panel and main possible questions. At least 4 abstract submissions for that panel (see the abstract submission section) should be added. The deadline for panel submission is May 29, 2022. Your proposals should be sent at paula_pompilia.tomi[at]upb.ro.

The conference will be online on June 20th-21st, 2022. There are no participation fees.
The conference will have panels in English and Romanian.

Our tentative deadline for abstract submission is June 5, 2022; and for panel submission is May 29, 2022. However, contributors are encouraged to make submissions as soon as they are ready to do so. You will receive an email of acceptance latest June 10th. For any questions, please, do not hesitate to write us.

Some selected presentations will be invited to be published in some special issues.


Organizing Committee:


Beatrice Balgiu (Politehnica University of Bucharest)

Romulus Brâncoveanu (University of Bucharest)

Teodora Chicioreanu (Politehnica University of Bucharest)

Daniela Cotoară (Politehnica University of Bucharest)

Adrian Ludușan (Babeș-Bolyai University)

Horia Pătrașcu (Politehnica University of Bucharest)

Andrei Simionescu-Panait (Politehnica University of Bucharest)

Mircea Toboșaru (Politehnica University of Bucharest)

Paula Tomi (Politehnica University of Bucharest; University of Bucharest)

Ciprian Tudor (Politehnica University of Bucharest)

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