Farewell to truth

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With Western cultures becoming more pluralistic, the question of truth in politics has become a game of interpretations. Today, we face the demise of the very idea of truth as an objective description...
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With Western cultures becoming more pluralistic, the question of truth in politics has become a game of interpretations. Today, we face the demise of the very idea of truth as an objective description of facts, though many have yet to acknowledge that this is changing. Gianni Vattimo explicitly engages with the important consequences for democracy of our changing conception of politics and truth, such as a growing reluctance to ground politics in science, economics, and technology. Yet in Vattimos conception, a farewell to truth can benefit democracy, exposing the unspoken issues that underlie all objective claims. The end of absolute truth challenges the legitimacy of policies based on perceived objective necessities--protecting the free market, for example, even if it devastates certain groups or classes. Vattimo calls for a truth that is constructed with consensus and a respect for the liberty of all. By taking into account the cultural paradigms of others, a more truthful society--freer and more democratic--becomes possible.
Uitgever Columbia University Press
ISBN/EAN 9780231153089
Auteur Vattimo, G.
Vakken Filosofie

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