Estonian Annual Philosophy Conference 2017

Facts, Disputes, and Arguments in the Age of “Post-Truth”

11th -13th May 2017 at Kääriku

“Post-truth” was the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016. According to some authors, post-truth is a useful concept to understand some of the most recent political events. But what does post-truth mean? Is it really such a useful concept as many claim? Is post-truth a phenomenon confined to politics or does it pervade our culture as a whole? Does post-truth leave any room for engaged and reasoned debate over facts and values? And looking at past and present philosophy, how does post-truth relate to discussions on the nature of truth, on the genealogy and deconstruction of truth, and on truth-related values such as knowledge or truthfulness? Finally, should we come to terms with post-truth, and how, or should we attempt to resist it, and how?

The conference programme can be found here.

We encourage submissions on these and related questions, including, if desired, with reference to the Estonian context.
We also welcome submissions on any other topic and area of philosophy.
Languages of the conference will be Estonian and English.

Keynote speakers:
S.M. Amadae (MIT, Helsinki)
Helmut Heit (Tongji)
Indrek Ibrus (Tallinn University)
Piret Kuusk (University of Tartu)

Deadline for submitting abstracts: March 15th, acceptance notices by March 31st
Requirements: in Estonian or English, 200-300 words, preferably 3-5 keywords
Press this link to the abstract submission form.

Participation fee
75 euros – accommodation at a hotel (2 nights, one of two beds in a double room), catering
50 euros – accommodation at a hotel (2 nights, one of two beds in a double room), catering (student rate)
25 euros – catering only, accommodation must be arranged by the participant.

In addition to plenary and parallel sessions, the conference will feature a culture and entertainment program, including creative activity workshops.

The conference is organised by The Graduate School of Linguistics, Philosophy and Semiotics, supported by the University of Tartu’s ASTRA project, PER ASPERA (The European Union, European Regional Development Fund). The conference has been supported by the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies (The European Union, European Regional Development Fund) and is related to research project IUT20-5 (Estonian Ministry of Education and Research).

Questions concerning substantive matters – head organizer Roomet Jakapi (
Questions concerning administrative matters – Triin Paaver (

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