Title

Response to Bernard E. Harcourt’s “Post- Truth”

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

11-30-2021

Editor(s)

Melissa Schwartzberg and Philip Kitcher

ISBN

9781479811618

Publisher

New York University Press

Language

en-US

Abstract

In a brilliant chapter, “Post-Truth,” Bernard Harcourt explores, among other things, whether we are living in a post-truth society and whether the digital age undermines the reliability of evidence for determining the truth. In this commentary, I will humbly add to the conversation he started by looking at how the law and racism—particularly against populations perceived as foreign—contribute to the problem of truth in the twenty-first century. This is not to say that racism is the only or even most important systemic issue to examine at this time. The New Right’s promotion of patriarchy, homophobia, transprejudice, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, authoritarianism, warmongering, extreme capitalism, environmental destruction, economic inequality, and limited press, as well as dis-regard for public health, are of parallel concern; however, a focus on a single issue is more feasible for this brief commentary.

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