New Book Co-Edited by Associate Professor of Political Science Jeremy Elkins Looks at Truth and Democracy

Posted July 26th, 2012 at 2:06 pm.

Truth and DemocracyWhat is the relationship between truth and democratic politics? Does democracy require truth or is the concern with truth an impediment to democratic compromise, pluralism and toleration? And if truth should matter, what kind of truth?

Truth and Democracy, co-edited by Bryn Mawr Associate Professor of Political Science Jeremy Elkins, considers these questions from a variety of perspectives.

In the introduction to book, Elkins and co-editor Andrew Norris, associate professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, observe that American political culture is deeply ambivalent about truth. On the one hand, voices on both the left and right make confident appeals to the truth of claims about the status of the market in public life and the role of scientific evidence and argument in public life, human rights, and even religion. On the other hand, there is considerable anxiety that such appeals threaten individualism and political plurality. This anxiety, Elkins and Norris contend, has perhaps been greatest in the humanities and in political theory, where many have responded by either rejecting or neglecting the whole topic of truth.

For more, see the below video interview with Elkins:

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