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Truth has always been a central preoccupation of philosophy in allits forms and traditions. Yet in the late twentieth century truth became suddenly rather unfashionable. The precedence given to assortedpolitical 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 thatbegan 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 enlightened vision and an essential read for anyone who's everbeen bored, frustrated, bewildered or plain enraged by the worst excesses of the fashionable intelligentsia.

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In this accessible text, the editors of the ButterfliesandWheels.com website critically examine the current trend of skepticism regarding the reality, meaning, possibility, and importance of the truth. Calling for a return to the intellectual tradition of the Enlightenment, they expose the faulty thinking of everyone from religious fundamentalists and Holocaust deniers to relativist intellectuals and postmodernist academics. Benson and Stangroom are also the authors of The Dictionary of Fashionable Nonsense (Souvenir). Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Truth has always been a central preoccupation of philosophy in allits forms and traditions. Yet in the late twentieth century truth became suddenly rather unfashionable. The precedence given to assortedpolitical 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 thatbegan 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 enlightened vision and an essential read for anyone who's everbeen bored, frustrated, bewildered or plain enraged by the worst excesses of the fashionable intelligentsia.

Synopsis:

Truth has always been a central preoccupation of philosophy in all its forms and traditions. An inspiring argument for restoring truth to its rightful place, this book takes a look at how and why modern thought and culture lost sight of the importance of truth. It is useful for those enraged by the worst excesses of the fashionable intelligentsia.

Table of Contents

1. The Antinomies of Truth 2. Truth, Doubt and the Philosophers 3. The Truth Radicals 4. The Social Construction of Truth 5. Politics, Ideology and Evolutionary Biology 6. Wishful Thinking and Epistemological Confusion 7. Institutions, Academe and Truth 8. Why Truth Matters

Product Details

ISBN:
9780826476081
Author:
Benson, Ophelia
Publisher:
Continuum
Author:
Stangroom, Jeremy
Subject:
Epistemology
Subject:
Truth
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
General Philosophy
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
214
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.625 in

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Truth has always been a central preoccupation of philosophy in allits forms and traditions. Yet in the late twentieth century truth became suddenly rather unfashionable. The precedence given to assortedpolitical 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 thatbegan 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 enlightened vision and an essential read for anyone who's everbeen bored, frustrated, bewildered or plain enraged by the worst excesses of the fashionable intelligentsia.

"Synopsis" by , Truth has always been a central preoccupation of philosophy in all its forms and traditions. An inspiring argument for restoring truth to its rightful place, this book takes a look at how and why modern thought and culture lost sight of the importance of truth. It is useful for those enraged by the worst excesses of the fashionable intelligentsia.
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