2023 Rome (ACU Campus) Annual Seminar
Rethinking (and Rebuilding) Trust in Contemporary Societies
20-25 August 2023
In-person and online event
Contemporary societies experience a widespread crisis of trust. Political, economic, scientific, educational, and religious institutions are increasingly affected by it. The protests against the vaccination for Covid-19, the abstention on the occasion of general and local elections, the increasingly widespread questioning of the opinion of the experts, the growing fortune of the various conspiracy theories, the polarization in the Church and in society, are just some symptoms of a transversal and radical crisis, potentially capable of undermining the very foundations of civil coexistence. Individual and collective existences are based, in fact, on trust. The Seminar will deal with questions like the following: What is trust? What does it mean to trust somebody at a personal or social level? How to rebuild trust?
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The recordings of the presentations are available below.
*** Introduction ***
The Adventures of Trust, Confidence and Reliability – Why They Matter and why We should take care of Them
*** Keynote Lectures ***
Between religious faith and existential trust
Conditions of Trust and Betrayal: rules, virtues and forms of life
Trust in the Unexpected
“A paradise inhabited by devils”: reflections on trust in Renaissance Florence
Building Communities of Trust through Civic and Citizenship Education
*** Students’ Presentations ***
A minimal Notion of the Human Being – Macintyre’s “Dependent Rational Animals”
Pavel Florenskij – His Life and Work
Divine Trust and National Sovereignty: Democracy, Theocracy and Institutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran
The Cultural-linguistic Argument for Faith in the thought of George Lindbeck
Rebuilding trust. The Texture of Values and Images in Iris Murdoch
Democratic school governance and organizational trust
Not a Wager: the Real Presence as a Question of Trust in George Steiner
Enhancing Validity in Genre-Based Assessment of Lab Reports for Tertiary Physics
Embodied perception and aesthetic sense-making: the mediation role of space and architectural narratives in exhibition practices.
Be who you become. The Possible, Impossible, and Real in Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Heidegger.
How to (re)build trust between universities and society. An epistemological inquiry on trust in the construction of scientific facts
Enhancing Moral Decision-Making: an Alternative Route
Renewing trust in life : Dionysus or the affirmation of the human possible.
Female Empowerment and New Technologies. The Ethical Issues of Surrogacy and Ectogenesis