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Post-Truth, Scepticism & Power

Authors: Sim, Stuart

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  • Contextualises post-truth and 'fake news' within the philosophical discourse of truth
  • Explores the threat of a politics based on post-truth on the tradition of liberal democracy
  • Provides a rigorous defence of the political and philosophical virtues of holding to the truth
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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.


About the authors

Stuart Sim retired as Professor of Critical Theory at Northumbria University, 2013. He is widely published in the fields of critical theory, philosophy, and literary studies, and is a Fellow of the English Association. Recent publications include The Edinburgh Companion to Critical Theory (ed., 2016) and Twenty-First Century Puritanism (2018). 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Post-Truth, Scepticism & Power
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15876-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15876-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15875-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 175
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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