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Relativism and Post-Truth in Contemporary Society

Possibilities and Challenges

Editors: Stenmark, Mikael, Fuller, Steve, Zackariasson, Ulf (Eds.)

  • Posits that the impact of relativism extends far beyond the direct influence of relativism itself
  • Argues for the dynamic of relativization and various positive and negative reactions to be taken into account of in a multisciplinary capacity
  • Includes multidisciplinary contributions from across the social sciences
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This book approaches post-truth and relativism in a multidisciplinary fashion. Researchers from astrophysics, philosophy, psychology, media studies, religious studies, anthropology, social epistemology and sociology discuss and analyse the impact of relativism and post-truth both within the academy and in society at large. The motivation for this multidisciplinary approach is that relativism and post-truth are multifaceted phenomena with complex histories that have played out differently in different areas of society and different academic disciplines. There is hence a multitude of ways in which to use and understand the concepts and the phenomena to which they refer, and a multitude of critiques and defenses as well. No single volume can capture the ongoing discussions in different areas in all their complexity, but the different chapters of the book can function as exemplifications of the ramifications these phenomena have had.

About the authors

Mikael Stenmark is Professor in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. In his research he has explored different conceptions of God, human nature and of the natural world. He has previously co-edited The Customization of Science: The Impact of Religious and Political Wordviews on Contemporary Science (2014, Palgrave Macmillan) with Adam Briggle and Ulf Zackariasson.
Steve Fuller is the Auguste Comte Chair in Social Epistemology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. His research interests include the emergence of intellectual property in the information society, the interdisciplinary challenges in the natural and social sciences, the political and epistemological consequences of the new biology, science and religion, the future of humanity.

Ulf Zackariasson is Associate Professor in Philospohy of Religion at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. His research interests include  American pragmatism (both classical pragmatism and neopragmatism) and the possibilities it offers approaching philosophical problems that are brought about by the human phenomenon of religion, such as questions about the role of religion in the public sphere, religious experience and moral criticism of religion.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction: Engaging Relativism and Post-Truth

    Zackariasson, Ulf

    Pages 1-17

  • Relativism Versus Absolutism: The Sense of Relativism That Leibniz and Hegel Grasped but Plato Didn’t

    Fuller, Steve

    Pages 21-34

  • Postmodern Relativism as Enlightened Pluralism

    Sassower, Raphael

    Pages 35-52

  • Post-Truth, Social Media, and the “Real” as Phantasm

    Sawyer, Michael E.

    Pages 55-69

  • A Theory of Evolution of Religious Knowledge in a Post-Revolutionary Iran: And a New Frontier for Sociology of Knowledge

    Hashemi, Morteza (et al.)

    Pages 71-83

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Relativism and Post-Truth in Contemporary Society
Book Subtitle
Possibilities and Challenges
Editors
  • Mikael Stenmark
  • Steve Fuller
  • Ulf Zackariasson
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96559-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96559-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96558-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 199
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