Who’s afraid of the post-truth condition?
Lecture by Steve Fuller
There is a tendency to see «post-truth» disparagingly as the result of populist anti-intellectualism. Some would go further and dismiss «post-truth» as simply a temporary turn in fortunes for the academics and other elites who have been shown wanting as a result of the Brexit vote and Trump’s election. I believe that both assessments of the post-truth condition are wrong. Drawing on my latest book, Post Truth: Knowledge as a Power Game, I shall argue that regardless of what happens to Brexit or Trump, the post-truth condition is here to stay – and, in a certain sense, has always been with us. In particular, we should see our epistemic predicament as part of the growth pains of the democratisation of knowledge, an inevitable consequence of which is the downgrading of expert, including academic judgement.