Politics and Truth Book

Politics and Truth


  • Author : Theresa Man Ling Lee
  • Publisher : SUNY Press
  • Release Date : 1997-08-28
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 243
  • ISBN 10 : 0791435040

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Politics and Truth Excerpt :

Considers the contested concept of truth in contemporary politics in light of the postmodernist challenge to Enlightenment ideals and examines the treatment of truth in an unusual lineup of thinkers ranging from Plato and Hobbes to Weber, Foucault, and Arendt.

Post Truth  Fake News and Democracy Book

Post Truth Fake News and Democracy


  • Author : Johan Farkas
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-09-17
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 166
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000507287

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Post Truth Fake News and Democracy Excerpt :

Western societies are under siege, as fake news, post-truth and alternative facts are undermining the very core of democracy. This dystopian narrative is currently circulated by intellectuals, journalists and policy makers worldwide. In this book, Johan Farkas and Jannick Schou deliver a comprehensive study of post-truth discourses. They critically map the normative ideas contained in these and present a forceful call for deepening democracy. The dominant narrative of our time is that democracy is in a state of emergency caused by social media, changes to journalism and misinformed masses. This crisis needs to be resolved by reinstating truth at the heart of democracy, even if this means curtailing civic participation and popular sovereignty. Engaging with critical political philosophy, Farkas and Schou argue that these solutions neglect the fact that democracy has never been about truth alone: it is equally about the voice of the democratic people. Post-Truth, Fake News and Democracy delivers a sobering diagnosis of our times. It maps contemporary discourses on truth and democracy, foregrounds their normative foundations and connects these to historical changes within liberal democracies. The book will be of interest to students and scholars studying the current state and future of democracy, as well as to a politically informed readership.

The Politics of Truth  New Edition Book

The Politics of Truth New Edition


  • Author : Michel Foucault
  • Publisher : Semiotext(e)
  • Release Date : 2007-06
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 195
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105123389152

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The Politics of Truth New Edition Excerpt :

Two hundred years later, Michel Foucault wrote a response to Kant's initial essay, positioning Kant as the initiator of the discourse and critique of modernity.

Resistance and the Politics of Truth Book

Resistance and the Politics of Truth


  • Author : Iain MacKenzie
  • Publisher : transcript Verlag
  • Release Date : 2018-03-31
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 148
  • ISBN 10 : 9783732839070

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Resistance and the Politics of Truth Excerpt :

`The truth will set you free' is a maxim central to both theories and practices of resistance. Nonetheless, it is a claim that has come under fire from an array of critical perspectives in the second half of the 20th century. Iain MacKenzie analyses two of the most compelling of these perspectives: the poststructuralist politics of truth formulated by Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze and the alternative post-foundational account of truth and militancy developed by Alain Badiou. He argues that a critically oriented version of poststructuralism provides both an understanding of the deeply entwined nature of truth and power and a compelling account of the creative practices that may sustain resistance.

The Politics of Truth Book
Score: 4.5
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The Politics of Truth


  • Author : Joseph Wilson
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Release Date : 2007-08-11
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786715275

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With a new investigative epilogue by a prominent Washington journalist and a new foreword by the author. Ambassador Joseph Wilson recounts more than two decades of foreign service to our country in this unprecedented look at the life of an American diplomat and an unabashed account of policies that sometimes succeeded and sometimes failed. As the last American official to meet with Saddam before Desert Storm, Wilson successfully parried the dictator's threats to use American hostages as human shields against U.S. bombing. Yet today he finds himself battling threats from his own government because he called a lie a lie. When President Bush alleged that Iraq had pursued uranium from Africa for its nuclear weapons program, Wilson could not stand silent. He had traveled to Niger the previous year and found no evidence to support the president's claim. To intimidate Wilson, senior administration officials disclosed the undercover status of Wilson's wife, CIA operative Valerie Plame, to the press, putting her life in danger. Rather than backing down, Wilson persistently criticized the way the administration misled the nation into war. Now he continues his fight in this groundbreaking book by revealing the perils bred by the war-hungry regime in the White House.

The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa Book

The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa


  • Author : Richard A. Wilson
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2001-05-02
  • Genre: Law
  • Pages : 271
  • ISBN 10 : 0521001943

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The Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa Excerpt :

Based on extended anthropological fieldwork, this book illustrates the impact of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in urban African communities in Johannesburg. The study deepens our understanding of post-apartheid South Africa and the use of human rights discourse.

Truth  Politics  Morality Book

Truth Politics Morality


  • Author : Cheryl Misak
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2002-02-07
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781134826186

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Truth Politics Morality Excerpt :

Cheryl Misak argues that truth ought to be reinstated to a central position in moral and political philosophy. She argues that the correct account of truth is one found in a certain kind of pragmatism: a true belief is one upon which inquiry could not improve, a belief which would not be defeated by experience and argument. This account is not only an improvement on the views of central figures such as Rawls and Habermas, but it can also make sense of the idea that, despite conflict, pluralism, and the expression of difference, our moral and political beliefs aim at truth and can be subject to criticism. Anyone interested in a fresh discussion of political theory and philosophy will find this a fascinating read.

The Death of Truth Book
Score: 3
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The Death of Truth


  • Author : Michiko Kakutani
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-08-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780525574835

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The Death of Truth Excerpt :

A Pulitzer Prize-winning critic takes a penetrating look at the cultural forces that contributed to the gathering storm of fake news and presents a path forward for truth-challenged times.

Why Leaders Lie Book
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Why Leaders Lie


  • Author : John J. Mearsheimer
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 142
  • ISBN 10 : 9780199975457

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Why Leaders Lie Excerpt :

Presents an analysis of the lying behavior of political leaders, discussing the reasons why it occurs, the different types of lies, and the costs and benefits to the public and other countries that result from it, with examples from the recent past.

Democracy and Fake News Book

Democracy and Fake News


  • Author : Serena Giusti
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-12-29
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000286731

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Democracy and Fake News Excerpt :

This book explores the challenges that disinformation, fake news, and post-truth politics pose to democracy from a multidisciplinary perspective. The authors analyse and interpret how the use of technology and social media as well as the emergence of new political narratives has been progressively changing the information landscape, undermining some of the pillars of democracy. The volume sheds light on some topical questions connected to fake news, thereby contributing to a fuller understanding of its impact on democracy. In the Introduction, the editors offer some orientating definitions of post-truth politics, building a theoretical framework where various different aspects of fake news can be understood. The book is then divided into three parts: Part I helps to contextualise the phenomena investigated, offering definitions and discussing key concepts as well as aspects linked to the manipulation of information systems, especially considering its reverberation on democracy. Part II considers the phenomena of disinformation, fake news, and post-truth politics in the context of Russia, which emerges as a laboratory where the phases of creation and diffusion of fake news can be broken down and analysed; consequently, Part II also reflects on the ways to counteract disinformation and fake news. Part III moves from case studies in Western and Central Europe to reflect on the methodological difficulty of investigating disinformation, as well as tackling the very delicate question of detection, combat, and prevention of fake news. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of political science, law, political philosophy, journalism, media studies, and computer science, since it provides a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis of post-truth politics.

Post Truth Imaginations Book

Post Truth Imaginations


  • Author : Kjetil Rommetveit
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2021-11-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 238
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429627125

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Post Truth Imaginations Excerpt :

This book engages with post-truth as a problem of societal order and for scholarly analysis. It claims that post-truth discourse is more deeply entangled with main Western imaginations of knowledge societies than commonly recognised. Scholarly responses to post-truth have not fully addressed these entanglements, treating them either as something to be morally condemned or as accusations against which scholars have to defend themselves (for having somehow contributed to it). Aiming for wider problematisations, the authors of this book use post-truth to open scholarly and societal assumptions to critical scrutiny. Contributions are both conceptual and empirical, dealing with topics such as: the role of truth in public; deep penetrations of ICTs into main societal institutions; the politics of time in neoliberalism; shifting boundaries between fact – value, politics – science, nature – culture; and the importance of critique for public truth-telling. Case studies range from the politics of nuclear power and election meddling in the UK, over smart technologies and techno-regulation in Europe, to renewables in Australia. The book ends where the Corona story begins: as intensifications of Modernity’s complex dynamics, requiring new starting points for critique.

Educating for the Twenty First Century  Seven Global Challenges Book

Educating for the Twenty First Century Seven Global Challenges


  • Author : Conrad Hughes
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2018-07-26
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004381032

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Educating for the Twenty First Century Seven Global Challenges Excerpt :

Educating for the Twenty-First Century explores critical issues facing education in the 21st century.

Gandhi and Tagore Book

Gandhi and Tagore


  • Author : Gangeya Mukherji
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-11-06
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317368748

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This book brings together the political thought of Gandhi and Tagore to examine the relationship between politics, truth and conscience. It explores truth and conscience as viable public virtues with regard to two exemplars of ethical politics, addressing in turn the concerns of an evolving modern Indian political community. The comprehensive and textually argued discussion frames the subject of the validity of ethical politics in inhospitable contexts such as the fanatically despotic state and energised nationalism. The book studies in nuanced detail Tagore’s opposition to political violence in colonial Bengal, the scope of non-violence and satyagraha as recommended by Gandhi to Jews in Nazi Germany, his response to the complexity of protest against the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, and the differently constituted nationalism of Gandhi and Tagore. It presents their famous debate in a new light, embedded within the dynamics of cultural identification, political praxis and the capacity of a community to imbibe the principles of ethical politics. Comprehensive and perceptive in analysis, this book will be a valuable addition for scholars and researchers of political science with specialisation in Indian political thought, philosophy and history. Gangeya Mukherji is Reader in English at Mahamati Prannath Mahavidyalaya, Mau-Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh, India.

The Art of Political Storytelling Book
Score: 4
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The Art of Political Storytelling


  • Author : Philip Seargeant
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-05-14
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781350107403

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The Art of Political Storytelling Excerpt :

In our post-truth world, tapping into people's emotions has proved far more effective than rational argument - and, as Philip Seargeant argues in this illuminating and entertaining book, the most powerful tool for manipulating emotions is a gripping narrative. From Trump's America to Brexit Britain, weaving a good story, featuring fearless protagonists, challenging quests against seemingly insurmountable odds, and soundbite after soundbite of memorable dialogue has been at the heart of political success. So does an understanding of the art of storytelling help explain today's successful political movements? Can it translate into a blueprint for victory at the ballot box? The Art of Political Storytelling looks at how stories are created, shared and contested, illuminating the pivotal role that persuasive storytelling plays in shaping our understanding of the political world we live in. By mastering the tools and tricks of narrative, and evaluating the language and rhetorical strategies used to craft and enact them, Seargeant explains how and why today's combination of new media, populism and partisanship makes storytelling an ever more important part of the persuasive and political process. In doing so, the book offers an original and compelling way of understanding the chaotic world of today's politics.

Truth and Governance Book

Truth and Governance


  • Author : William A. Galston
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-09-14
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 0815739303

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Truth and Governance Excerpt :

Taking the long view of conflicts between truth and political power What role does truth play in government? In context of recent political discourse around the globe--and especially in the United States--it is easy to believe that truth, in the form of indisputable facts, is a matter of debate. But it's also important to remember that since ancient times, every religious and philosophical tradition has wrestled with this question. In this volume, scholars representing ten traditions--Western and Eastern, religious and secular--address the nature of truth and its role in government. Among the questions they address: When is deception permissible, or even a good thing? What remedies are necessary and useful when governments fail in their responsibilities to be truthful? The authors consider the relationship between truth and governance in democracies, but also in non-democratic regimes. Although democracy is distinctive in requiring truth as a fundamental basis for governing, non-democratic forms of government also cannot do without truth entirely. If ministers cannot give candid advice to rulers, the government's policies are likely to proceed on false premises and therefore fail. If rulers do not speak truthfully to their people, trust will erode. Each author in this book addresses a common set of issues: the nature of truth; the morality of truth-telling; the nature of government, which shapes each tradition's understanding of the relationship between governance and truth; the legitimacy and limits of regulating speech; and remedies when truth becomes divorced from governance. Truth and Governance will open readers' eyes to the variety of possible approaches to the relationship between truth and governance. Readers will find views they thought self-evident challenged and will come away with a greater understanding of the importance of truth and truth-telling, and of how to counter deliberate deception.