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Optimism and the Value of Truth

September 11-13, 2014


Valerie TiberiusWilliam SwannMichael Brady

Valerie Tiberius      William Swann                      Michael Brady
(Minnesota, USA)       (Austin, USA)                           (Glasgow, UK)
Roland Bluhm (Dortmund, GER)

Tim Kraft (Regensburg)
Christian Wirrwitz (Regensburg)


Thursday, 11 September 2014

10:00-10:30 Welcome and Introduction (Christian Wirrwitz & Tim Kraft)

10:30-12:00 "Optimism and the Good Life" (Valerie Tiberius)

Lunch (on campus)

13:30-15:00 "To be adored or to be known: The interplay of self-verification and self-enhancement" (William Swann)

15:30-17:00 "Optimism, Pessimism, Attention, Understanding" (Michael Brady)

Dinner (old town)

Friday, 12 September 2014

10:00-11:30 "The truth about illusions: Authenticity and positivity in social relationships" (William Swann)

11:45-12:45 "Hope, optimism and self-deception" (Roland Bluhm)

Lunch (on campus)

14:00-15:30 "Virtues as Personal Projects" (Valerie Tiberius)

16:00-17:00 "Comment on Valerie Tiberius on Optimism" (Christian Wirrwitz)

Dinner (old town)

Saturday, 13 September 2014

10:00-11:30 "The Epistemic Value of Suffering" (Michael Brady)

11:45-12:45 "Reconciling Optimism with the Value of Truth: Optimism as Emotional Insight" (Tim Kraft)

Lunch (on campus)

14:00 Closing Discussion

16:30 Guided Tour (in English), Unesco-World Heritage Site Regensburg

Gruppenfoto 2014

Universität Regensburg
93053 Regensburg
Vielberth-Gebäude, H 25/26

Map of the area


Registration: Participation is free but you are requested to register:

Organisation: Hans Rott, Tim Kraft, Christian Wirrwitz

Sponsor: Universitätsstiftung Hans Vielberth

  1. Fakultät für Philosophie, Kunst-, Geschichts- und Gesellschaftswissenschaften
  2. Institut für Philosophie

Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Philosophie

Sekretariat: Inge Kötterl

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Theoretische Philosophie

Universität Regensburg
93040 Regensburg
Gebäude PT, Zi. 4.3.6

Tel.: +49 941 943-3660