Book ID: CBB034006765

Post-Truth, Scepticism & Power (2019)


This book examines the concept of post-truth and the impact it is having on contemporary life, bringing out both its philosophical and political dimensions. Post-truth is contextualised within the philosophical discourse of truth, with particular reference to theories of scepticism and relativism, to explore whether it can take advantage of these to claim any intellectual credibility. Sim argues that post-truth cannot be defended on either sceptical or relativistic grounds – even those provided by recent iconoclastic philosophical movements such as poststructuralism and postmodernism. The affinity between post-truth and conspiracy theory is emphasised, and the extent to which post-truth plays a role in religious doctrine is also considered. Post-truth is seen to constitute a threat to liberal democratic ideals and our Enlightenment heritage, raising the question of whether we are moving into a post-liberal age where the far right would hold power. To prevent this, post-truth urgently needs to be countered.

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Review Mario Graziano (2019) Review of "Post-Truth, Scepticism & Power". Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (pp. 469-472). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Kusch, Martin
Korta, Kepa
Larrazabal, Jesús M.
Biro, John
Soames, Scott
Williamson, Timothy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
1650--1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era
Science and Education
History of European Ideas
British Journal for the History of Philosophy
Oxford University Press
Kluwer Academic
de Gruyter
Cornell University Press
University of Windsor (Canada)
Relativism (philosophy)
Philosophy and politics
Philosophy of science
Feyerabend, Paul K.
Ramsey, Frank Plumpton
Locke, John
Bentham, Jeremy
Hume, David
Windelband, Wilhelm
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
17th century
20th century, late
School of Milan
Cambridge University

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