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Truth, adequacy and aletheia. A concept of truth for the age of technological plurality.

School of Humanities

About the Project

Aim: The goal of this project is to develop an understanding of truth that can come to terms with the fast paced world of constant (technological) change that we live in.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish fact from fiction in our fast-paced information society. Truth has become highly controversial, for instance where claims are made about climate change or in regard to the efficacy of wearing masks to limit the spread of Covid-19. This has led some thinkers to announce the end of truth, or to proclaim the advent of a post-truth society. With this project I would like to advance a view that is a little more careful. Instead of simply proclaiming the death of truth, it seems more appropriate to claim that we are living in a time of crisis – a crisis of truth. What we believe to be true still guides our actions, therefore in a practical sense, there can be no doubt that truth matters. It is simply not the case that modern societies in general do not care at all about truth (though there might be individuals that do not care), the core problem seems to be that it has become extremely hard to find the truth or to communicate it amidst the information noise.

The goal of this project is to contribute to the development of an adequate concept of truth in light of our current crisis of truth. The concept of adequacy redefines truth as a process that allows for intersubjective or objective validity, while also taking account of the creative, networked, entangled and dynamic reality we are currently living in with its wide-ranging effects on truth.

Dr Tina Röck works on process thought, phenomenology and Heidegger. Dr Dominic Smith specialises in the philosophy of technology, phenomenology, and the writings of Deleuze.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Tina Röck ()
For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Dr Tina Röck () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Röck, formal applications can be made via UCAS Postgraduate. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Philosophy: Select the start date and study mode (full-time/part-time) agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:
- Write the project title and ‘’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;
- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.

In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

In addition to self-funding options, this thesis could be considered by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities for a studentship (UK/EU students only). If successful, the studentship covers fees and a stipend at UKRI level (approximately £15,200 for 2020-21) for 3.5 years for applicants meeting the UK residency requirements. Applicants from EU countries may be eligible for a fees-only award. For more information about the SGSAH, please visit View Website.

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