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Truth: is it dead, living but endangered, or was it always an illusion?

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Professor J.R. Spencer, CBE , QC (hon)

The speaker will begin by examining the concept of “the truth”, giving a lawyer’s perspective on a philosophical question. He will then discuss the history of access to the truth, and the control of it, throughout the ages – leading to conclusions about how these matters are now customarily viewed in modern democracies in the West. He will then examine the current threats to that understanding: including irresponsibility and monopoly ownership of the press and unlimited access to the internet and social media. He will conclude by discussing possible remedies.

Timings on the day:

17:15 – 18:30 lecture

18:30 – 19:00 drinks reception

Location: Buckingham House lecture theatre, Murray Edwards College

Booking in advance essential via Eventbrite: www.tinyurl.com/JOTE-Truth

Lecture theatre capacity: 140

Overflow room with sound relay: 60

Seats allocated on a first come first served basis

This talk is part of the Just on the Edge series.

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