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Speaker(s): Professor Mark Currie, Dr Alison Gibbons, Professor James Ladyman, Hilary Lawson
Chair: Dr Shahidha Bari

Recorded on 2 October 2017 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Did Derrida make us do it? Is our current situation the inevitable outcome of the intellectual adventuring of the twentieth century that critiqued grand narratives and challenged absolute truths? Or should we call upon the critical scepticism of post-modernism and post-structuralism with renewed vigour, to better see through the smoke and mirrors of contemporary culture? We ask what the relationship is between facts, alternative facts, and fiction, and explore the precarious status of truth in the twenty-first century.

Mark Currie is Professor of Contemporary Literature, Queen Mary, University of London.

Alison Gibbons is Reader in Contemporary Stylistics, Sheffield Hallam University.

James Ladyman is Professor of Philosophy, University of Bristol.

Hilary Lawson is Director of the Institute of Art and Ideas.

Shahidha Bari (@ShahidhaBari ) is a Fellow at The Forum and Lecturer in Romanticism in the Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London.

The Forum for European Philosophy (@ForumPhilosophy) is an educational charity that organises a full and varied programme of philosophy and interdisciplinary events in the UK.

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