New Book

 

 

Understanding emotions in post-factual politics

Edward Elgar 2018

“Post-Truth” was declared the word of the year in 2016. What followed was a vivid defence of truth by scientists, journalists, and politicians. It seems we are on our way to abandoning the notion of truth as we know it if we consider the populist uprising turning Western liberal democracies upside down and the critique of academic knowledge during the Brexit debate and from the Trump administration. Scientists should raise their voices against the trend, and civil society should fight post-factualism.

Yet, exactly what should be said and done? Along examples of performance of scientific truth in public discourse, this book argues that we lost the battle for truth a while ago. It examines truth as ‘sound knowledge’ – which once was seen as the cornerstone of modern government – through the lenses of emotions. Emotions enter evidence-making, they evaluate the range of actors and make them entitled to pronounce public concerns, and as such have to be recognized as integral parts of knowledge-making with an impact on policy processes.

Nov 2018 c 176 pp Hardback 978 1 78811 481 3 c £65.00 (UK/RoW)

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