The Problem of Post-Truth. Rethinking the Relationship between Truth and Politics

Behemoth. A Journal on Civilisation 2 (11):18-97 (2018)
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‘Post-truth’ is a failed concept, both epistemically and politically because its simplification of the relationship between truth and politics cripples our understanding and encourages authoritarianism. This makes the diagnosis of our ‘post-truth era’ as dangerous to democratic politics as relativism with its premature disregard for truth. In order to take the step beyond relativism and ‘post-truth’, we must conceptualise the relationship between truth and politics differently by starting from a ‘non-sovereign’ understanding of truth.



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Frieder Vogelmann
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