Why Truth Matters

Why Truth Matters

Why Truth Matters Truth has always been a central preoccupation of philosophy in all its forms and traditions Yet in the late twentieth century truth became suddenly rather unfashionable The precedence given to assorte

  • Title: Why Truth Matters
  • Author: Ophelia Benson Jeremy Stangroom
  • ISBN: 9780826476081
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Truth has always been a central preoccupation of philosophy in all its forms and traditions Yet in the late twentieth century truth became suddenly rather unfashionable The precedence given to assorted political and ideological agendas, along with the rise of relativism, postmodernism and pseudoscience in academia, led to a decline both of truth as a serious subject, andTruth has always been a central preoccupation of philosophy in all its forms and traditions Yet in the late twentieth century truth became suddenly rather unfashionable The precedence given to assorted political and ideological agendas, along with the rise of relativism, postmodernism and pseudoscience in academia, led to a decline both of truth as a serious subject, and an intellectual tradition that began with the Enlightenment.Why Truth Matters is a timely, incisive and entertaining look at how and why modern thought and culture lost sight of the importance of truth It is also an eloquent and inspiring argument for restoring truth to its rightful place Jeremy Stangroom and Ophelia Benson, editors of the successful butterfliesandwheels website itself established to fight fashionable nonsense identify and debunk such senselessness, and the spurious claims made for it, in all its forms Their account ranges over religious fundamentalism, Holocaust denial, the challenges of postmodernism and deconstruction, the wilful misinterpretation of evolutionary biology, identity politics and wishful thinking.Why Truth Matters is both a rallying cry for the Enlightenment vision and an essential read for anyone who s ever been bored, frustrated, bewildered or plain enraged by the worst excesses of the fashionable intelligentsia.

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    This is a posh version of something like "How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered the World" by Francis Wheen, where various modern intellectual fads and fancies get a bad kicking. But Ophelia and Jeremy are actual philosophers - you can tell because they write sentences like :One important active - 'active' in the sense in which a volcano is active - 'site of contestation' in disputes over realism or relativism, truth or consequences, epistemology or politics, the warranted or the useful, is social construct [...]

    This book offers a bracing tonic to help cleanse away the dangerous foolishness of the extreme -- and incoherent -- relativism unleashed by postmodernists, neo-pragmatists, social constructivists and deconstructionists. Among others. It offers a strong defense of Enlightenment values that are necessary to combat those who proffer "fake news" and "alternative facts."Postmodernism started out with good intentions AND even has some important things to say about language, social construction and gra [...]

    Brief and quite concise; largely a critique of the shortcomings of "postmodernist" thinking from an epistmological standpoint.

    This person is a non-skeptic witch hunter, part of the failed (for good reason!) A+ (bowel?) movement; don't be fooled.

    This is a very interesting, if somewhat oddly structured, exploration of the various ways in which individuals and groups distort or hide from the truth, either for personal gain, political expedience, or through poorly developed critical thinking skills. The authors cover a range of interesting examples, from the Sokal affair to the ludicrous nonsense spouted by Afrocentrics to the activities of the Tobacco industry's PR machine. A great strength of the book is that it manages to repeatedly sin [...]

    I bought this on the basis of their readable "Does God Hate Women?" However, despite having studied some philosophy years ago, I abandoned it half-way through. I found it failed to communicate to me. It was hard going and didn't inspire me enough to want to keep trying.

    While I have given up on philosophy as a discipline for my efforts, books like this make me have a soft spot for it. Crisp, clear and rigorous.

    Makes a strong case against excessive post-modernism and the tendency some academics have towards false binaries and fake controversy.

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