Studia Philosophica Estonica 11 (1):117-127 (2018)

Jens Lemanski
Fernuniversität Hagen
In recent years the cultural pessimistic position has become known, according to which we live in an “age of post-truth.” This thesis is supported by the observation of an increasing use of argumenta ad passiones in politics. In contrast to this view, I believe that “time” and “representation” play a more decisive role in individual post-truth arguments than the appeal to passiones. By analysing typical post-truth arguments, I arrive at a much more positive view on the present age: the designation of individual arguments as “post-truth” is already an expression of a process of enlightenment.
Keywords post-truth politic   argumentum ad passiones   Sweden argument  appeal to emotion
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