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Living in a Post-Truth World: The Problematic Status of Expertise in Advanced Democracies

Title
Living in a Post-Truth World: The Problematic Status of Expertise in Advanced Democracies
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Professor Steve Fuller # University of Warwick; Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
26th Jan 2017 11:00 - 26th Jan 2017 12:00
Location
Staff room (6th floor CMB)
URL
http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/events2/seminar_series/2016_2017/living_in_a_post-truth_world_the_problematic_status_of_expertise_in_advanced_democracies

‘Post-truth’ was the Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 word of year. While it was coined to capture the ways in which information is manipulated in contemporary politics (aka ‘fake news’), in fact a post-truth sensibility runs through the entire history of the vexed relationship between knowledge and power in the West, starting with Plato’s Republic. I shall briefly review the history of this relationship – which is broadly about the need for a ‘double truth’ (i.e. one truth for the elites and one for the masses). In the modern world, post-truth sensibilities are probably most readily seen in the deployment of science as ‘expertise’ in public arenas – and the resistance that results. 

Note that this seminar will exceptionaly take place on a Thursday and in CMB's staff room.

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