Education in an Age of Lies and Fake News
Regaining a Love of Truth
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The ‘post-truth’ world in which we live has been beset by fake news, lies and a cavalier disregard for truth. If truth is neglected then an alternative is an appeal to the emotions in order to validate a particular position, which can quickly turn to the use of power to impose a particular view. The loss of truth results in the loss of freedom. This book contends that if we want to preserve our freedom then we have a serious obligation to pursue truth. One way to do this is through an adequate moral education.
Education in an Age of Lies and Fake News: Regaining a Love of Truth makes an argument for the importance of truth. It explores how we can retrieve the concept of truth and how moral education can be deployed in order to re-establish a commitment to truth. It introduces Eastern perspectives on the question of truth and how we view reality, and presents a realist position on the nature of truth as a counter to scepticism, drawing on Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, amongst others. Further, the chapters are mindful of the significance of developing a pedagogy which not only enables students to be critical thinkers, but to foster a genuine concern for truth and for its pursuit. This book will be essential reading for students, educators, philosophers and researchers pursuing the question of truth in the modern age.
Table of Contents
Introduction, Jānis (John) Tālivaldis Ozoliņš 1 The Struggle between Truth and Power, Thomas Menamparampil 2 Rediscovering Old Solutions to New Problems: From Slogans and Streaming to Wisdom and Enlightenment, Christian Stephens 3 Between Truth And Falsity: Discoursing the Ancient Chinese Alternative to Episteme and Doxa, Alfredo P. 4 Truth, Attention and Higher Education, Peter Roberts 5 Truth in a World of Fake News and Lies, Jānis (John) Tālivaldis Ozoliņš 6 Paideia vs. Mystagogia: Formative Ideals and Today’s Digital World, Dan Chițoiu 7 Nietzsche: Truth, Perspectivism and His Concern for Bildung, Steven A. Stolz 8 An Integral Understanding of Truth as an Event of Adequation: A Retrieval of St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Bai 9 The Harmony of Moral Education: The Categorical Imperative and the Tien Xia Da Tong, Anton Rennesland 10 The Attitude of Opposition as a Service to the Truth in Karol Wojtyla’s Philosophy of Community, Blaise Ringor 11 Nominalism, Realism and the Decay of the Press: A Critique of Fake News Using Maritain’s Philosophy, Levine Andro Lao
Jānis (John) Tālivaldis Ozoliņš, is Professor, College of Philosophy and Theology, University of Notre Dame, Visiting Professor, Faculty of History and Philosophy, University of Latvia, Honorary Fellow, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia and Adjunct Lecturer, Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity.