Duquesne symposium considers truth in American law and public life
Is truth dead? Duquesne University School of Law will consider the provocative question and the idea of truth, within law and without, at a public symposium on Nov. 16-17, 2017.
Resurrecting Truth in American Law and Public Discourse at Duquesne will feature 10 scholars of law and philosophy from universities across the country. Lawyers can earn three hours of continuing legal education (CLE) ethics credit by attending the morning program on Friday, Nov. 17. Discussions both days are open to anyone interested in considering the breakdown of rational politics in America - and why America can't resurrect truth by blaming politicians, political parties or media outlets.
The symposium will ask whether all Americans are at fault in the death of truth here and, if so, how Americans can work together for truth's revival. Following the discussions, presenters will address ways in which realism can be reintroduced into law practice, law school teaching and political debate.
Duquesne Law Professor Bruce Ledewitz is convening the symposium with Georgetown University Law Professor Heidi L. Feldman. Professor Louise Antony of the University of Massachusetts Department of Philosophy will offer the opening talk Thursday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m., "Truth Matters, But How Do We Find It?"
Panelists for the Friday, Nov. 17, 8:20 - 11:45 a.m. sessions include Justin Dyer, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, University of Missouri; Professor Lawrence M. Solan, Brooklyn Law School; Professor Alina Ng, Mississippi College School of Law; and Professor W. Bradley Wendel, Cornell Law School. Moderators include Professor Jennifer Bates, Duquesne University Department of Philosophy; Professor Elizabeth Cochran, Duquesne University Department of Theology; and Visiting Professor Wilson Huhn, Duquesne University School of Law.
Both Thursday and Friday sessions will be held in Duquesne Law, Room 203. The cost for three hours of CLE ethics credit on Friday is $90. The conference is open to others free of charge, but registration is strongly suggested. The full program will be available via livestream (without CLE credit).
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