[SydPhil] The University of Notre Dame Australia: Truth, Lies, Fake News and Moral Education - CFP

Eliza Goddard elizagoddard at aap.org.au
Tue Feb 19 11:00:10 AEDT 2019

Abstracts are invited for the World Conference of Catholic University
Institutions of Philosophy, COMIUCAP Conference 2019, to be hosted by The
University of Notre Dame Australia, School of Philosophy and Theology,

Participants are invited to contribute to the following themes:
1. The concept of truth and what makes something true.
2. Lying, exaggerating, and fake news: their moral implications
3. Cultivating a love of truth and its implications for moral education
4. Democratic government, political advertising, multimedia and the role of
5. Truth, ideology and the interpretation of data.
6. Truth and the aims of education
7. Objectivity in journalism and reporting the news.
Other papers may be accepted at the discretion of the Conference Committee

Conference theme: Truth, Lies, Fake News and Moral Education

Fake news, the use of marketing to put a positive gloss on results and
outcomes that are less than optimal and downright lies are commonplace on
social media, as well as in journalism. Intolerance of, and active
persecution of, opinions divergent from one’s own are normal in a society
that has lost its sense of the importance of truth. The first question this
conference seeks to consider is how to retrieve the concept of truth and
examine what resources are available, particularly in the Catholic
Intellectual tradition, that might assist in elucidating this issue.
Secondly, given the disregard for truth evidenced through fake news, the
deliberate misrepresentation of data and outright lying, the question of
what is to be done to cultivate a love of truth will also be examined. This
latter question raises the issue of how moral education can be deployed in
order to re establish a commitment to truth.

Abstracts of 250-350 words to be received by: 1 March, 2019.
Please send your abstracts to Professor John Ozolins. Email:
john.ozolins at nd.edu.au

Abstracts should be sent as Word Documents. Participants should provide a
five line biographical note. Acceptances of presentations will be notified
within 2 weeks of receipt of Abstracts.

For further information please visit the website:
Dr Eliza Goddard
Executive Officer, Australasian Association of Philosophy
GPO BOX 1978, Hobart 7001, Australia

ACN 152 892 272
ABN 29 152 892 272

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