Overcoming Veriphobia - Learning to Love Truth Again

British Journal of Educational Studies 49 (2):159 - 172 (2001)
Truth has had a hard time in much recent educational and social scientific writing. Veriphobia, the fear of truth, can be witnessed in the work of postmodernists, radical social constructivists, pragmatists, and others. Although it manifests itself in numerous ways, there remain certain frequently appearing symptoms, and these are examined in this paper. It is suggested that the veriphobic stance is inherently self-contradictory. It is also fatal for serious and meaningful research and inquiry. Once veriphobia has been treated, researchers can stop worrying and start loving truth again.
Keywords knowledge  research  veriphobia  inquiry  truth
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DOI 10.1111/1467-8527.t01-1-00169
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