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Truth, facts, alternates and persons: Or, whatever has happened to postmodernism?

Truth, facts, alternates and persons: Or, whatever has happened to postmodernism?
Truth, facts, alternates and persons: Or, whatever has happened to postmodernism?

Having spent much of my professional career in an attempt to understand and make the thought of Nietzsche and others available, what am I to do with the apparent arguments of post-modernists and even more with the claims to “alternate facts,�? “post-truth,�? the denial of climate warming and so forth? I approach this through a rereading of Thomas Kuhn and Ludwig Wittgenstein and seek to argue against a kind of Habermasian Einverstand and for the claim that we should not be first concerned with lies (which will always be a losing game) but with the quality of the person making an assertion (we used to call this his or her “soul�?). Our problem is not knowledge but allowing oneself to be acknowledged by another, and in turn acknowledge him or her.

136-154
Routledge
Strong, Tracy B.
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Strong, Tracy B.
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Strong, Tracy B. (2019) Truth, facts, alternates and persons: Or, whatever has happened to postmodernism? In, Post-Truth, Philosophy and Law. London. Routledge, pp. 136-154. (doi:10.4324/9780429450778-11).

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Having spent much of my professional career in an attempt to understand and make the thought of Nietzsche and others available, what am I to do with the apparent arguments of post-modernists and even more with the claims to “alternate facts,�? “post-truth,�? the denial of climate warming and so forth? I approach this through a rereading of Thomas Kuhn and Ludwig Wittgenstein and seek to argue against a kind of Habermasian Einverstand and for the claim that we should not be first concerned with lies (which will always be a losing game) but with the quality of the person making an assertion (we used to call this his or her “soul�?). Our problem is not knowledge but allowing oneself to be acknowledged by another, and in turn acknowledge him or her.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 9 May 2019
Published date: 2019

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