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Václav Havel European Dialogues: Is truth a thing of the past?, Plzeň

  • Where: Aula Fakulty pedagogické ZČU, Veleslavínova 42, Plzeň
  • When: May 10, 2022, 14:00 – 16:00

The increasingly thorny path to the truth is leading many, including a lot of thinkers, to conclude that the problem isn’t getting to the truth but truth itself. But can we do without the truth in a post-factual world, and what would the truth look like in such a world? And what would democracy look like if a politician's credibility were judged according to different criteria than the ability to objectively assess and communicate truthfully about the problems facing society? Without correlation to the realities of the natural world around us the truth becomes at best the truth of the majority, at worst the truth of the strongest. Can Europe get by without truth?

13.30 – 14.00 Registration

14.00 – 14.10 Opening: Pavel Mentlík, Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of West Bohemia

14.10 – 14.15 Greeting: Martin Baxa, Czech Minister of Culture

14.15 – 14.25 Opening address: Michael Žantovský, Director of the Václav Havel Library

14.25 – 15.55 Debate
Jan Paďourek – security expert specialised on the intelligence services and security threats, teacher at the Czech Police Academy and the CEVRO Institute
Ondřej Kundra
Chair: Petr Hlaváček, historian and philosopher, Faculty of Education, University of West Bohemia

15.55 – 16.00 Closing address: Jáchym Topol, dramaturge of the Václav Havel Library

* The programme will take place in Czech. Free admission until the capacity of the hall is reached.

Václav Havel European Dialogues

● Dates: May 10 and 12, 2022
● Venues: Prague, Brno, Plzeň
● Organisers: The Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, and the Faculty of Education at the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň
● Partner: Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic

Václav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that aims to initiate and stimulate a discussion about issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe while referring to the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel. The project is conceived as long-term and takes place in cooperation with partners in various cities in the Czech Republic and the European Union. The meetings take the form of a debate and are targeted primarily at secondary and third-level students, as well as experts and members of the public interested in European affairs.


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