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The American University of Armenia and the UCD Center for Ethics in Public Life are jointly hosting the PERITIA Public Lectures [Un]Truths: Trust in an Age of Disinformation. These lectures will feature prominent philosophers and academics from Europe and the United States and will address issues such as trust in science, conspiracy theories, trustworthy science, truth and democracy, and trust and cognitive science.

To further raise interest and increase the impact of these lectures on the Armenian audience, AUA is organizing a related series called PERITIA [email protected] The discussions are organized a week ahead of the PERITIA Public Lectures. Academics as well as students in Armenia will be invited to participate in these discussions. 

Each discussion will have an invited discussion leader who will analyze the reading. These discussions will be hosted by Arshak Balayan, AUA lecturer in philosophy.


Dates: March 31 –May 26 (every second Wednesday)
Time: 5:30 PM Yerevan
Language: English and Armenian simultaneous translation will be available.



Discussion 1. Oreskes, Naomi, “Chapter 1. Why Trust Science? Perspectives from the History and Philosophy of Science”, Why Trust Science? (Princeton University Press, 2019)
Discussion leader: Serob Khachatryan, Yerevan State University (YSU) 
March 31, 5:30 PM

Discussion 2. Cassam, Quassim, “1 The (Real) Point of Conspiracy Theories”, Conspiracy Theories, (Polity, 2019)
Cassam, Quassim, (2019) What are Conspiracy Theories? Explaining a strange phenomenon. IAI News
Discussion leader: Levon Babajanyan, YSU
April 14, 5:30 PM

Discussion 3. Lynch, M. Patrick, (Forthcoming). Power, Bald-Faced Lies and Contempt for Truth. Revue Internationale de Philosophie.
Discussion leader: Arman Gharagulyan, YSU
April 28, 5:30 PM

Discussion 4. Douglas, Heather, (Forthcoming). Science, Values, and Citizens. In A. Adams, Z. Biener, F. U., & J. Sullivan (Eds.), Oppure Si Mouve: Doing History and Philosophy of Science with Peter Machamer. Dordrecht: Springer.
Discussion leader: Mariam Atalyan, Armenian State Agrarian University
May 12, 5:30 PM

Discussion 5. Sperber, D., Clement, F., Heintz, C., Mascaro, O., Mercier, H., Origgi, G., & Wilson, D. (2010). Epistemic Vigilance. Mind & Language, 25(4), 359-393.
Discussion leader: Kristine Grigoryan, Catholic University of Leuven
May 26, 5:30 PM


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