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

Frieder Vogelmann

Abstract


‘Post-truth’ is a failed concept, both epistemically and politically: 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.

 



DOI: https://doi.org/10.6094/behemoth.2018.11.2.986