In 1943 George Orwell feared that objective truth might be ‘fading out of this world’. Seventy years later we are being told that we live in a ‘post truth world’. We are bombarded by forms of propaganda and manipulation of facts, information overload, fundamentalism, postmodernist relativism, confirmation bias and the phenomenon of ‘fake news’. Increasingly polarized mindsets often result in a retreat from reason and even scientific facts. The Coherent Past demonstrates that finding the best way to make sense of history also equips us with the analytical tools needed in this environment. The book provides a unique analysis of the philosophical underpinnings of historical truth which can also help us to make sense of what can be a very confusing contemporary world.
The Coherent Past: A Guide To Truth In A 'Post-Truth World'
27 Feb 2018