Truth in a Post-Truth Age

Jenny Mackness, Jenny Connected, Oct 01, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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Jenny Mackness writes in this article of "the necessity, as expressed by both Ghandi and Nietzsche, to recognise that human beings can only know partial and contingent truths and perspectives; there are a multiplicity of truths and perspectives." And she points out that we've lived through "post-truth" eras before (one of which was the one that started with the first newspapers). "This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t continue to seek truth or a multiplicity of truths," she writes. "For Gandhi this requires action in every day practices of altruism, humility, compassion and self-evaluation. For Simon Blackburn it requires sifting out descriptions that really matter and sources of information that are more trustworthy."

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