The Port Macquarie Philosophy Forum will host a talk from Scientia Professor of Philosophy at The University of NSW, Paul Patton.
The talk is on Sunday March 24.
The topic: post-truth, truth and politics and will be relevant with the state election due the day before.
Prof Patton will soon take up a role as an Emeritus Professor of UNSW and Hongyi Chair Professor of Philosophy at Wuhan University in Wuhan, China.
"It has become commonplace to say that we live in a post-truth world," Prof Patton said.
"The supposed causes for this include the rise of television, social media and postmodern philosophy.
"It is widely regarded to be a problem, particularly in relation to politics. In this talk, I want to focus on the place of truth in democratic politics.
"There are some ways in which truth has no place in political discourse and some ways in which truth is essential for the conduct of a sustainable, democratic political community.
"Sorting out these distinct relations to truth turns out to be more complicated than is suggested by slogans like ‘post-truth.’"
The Port Macquarie Philosophy Forum was started in 2018 by a small group of philosophy enthusiasts from the local community.
It is a not-for-profit community venture run by volunteers.
The intention of this public forum is to provide a venue for those who are interested to hear lectures and hold discussions about philosophy.
"Our aim is to organise one event per month between February and November each year," a spokesperson for the organising committee said.
Guest speakers from universities and other relevant institutions are invited to speak on the big philosophical questions of our time. Members of the forum from the local area are also invited to speak.
After each event there is opportunity for discussion over drinks or a meal for those who wish to participate in this way.
The Port Macquarie Philosophy Forum is on Sunday March 24, 6pm until 7.30pm at Port City Bowling Club. Entry is $10 or $5 pensioner concession.
For information about other upcoming talks please go to their website.
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