Truth, lies and tweets: a consensus theory of post-truth
This article rejects the received view that Post-Truth is a new, unprecedented political phenomenon. By showing that Truth and Post-Truth share the same genesis, this article will submit the idea of a Consensus Theory of Post-Truth. Part 1 looks at the difference between Post-Truth, lies and bullshit. Part 2 suggests reasons behind the current preoccupation with Post-Truth. Part 3 focuses on Habermas's influential consensus theory of truth to suggest that truth and Post-Truth have more in common than is generally assumed. Part 4 puts forward the Consensus Theory of Post-Truth. Part 5 suggests three ways to emasculate the potentially destructive effect of Post-Truth on democratic society.
Consensus , Donald Trump , Hannah Arendt , Lies and bullshit , Post-Truth , Jürgen Habermas
Bufacchi, V. (2020) 'Truth, lies and tweets: A Consensus Theory of Post-Truth', Philosophy & Social Criticism, doi: 10.1177/0191453719896382
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