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Post-Truth, Philosophy and Law

1st Edition

Edited by Angela Condello, Tiziana Andina


240 pages

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pub: 2019-05-29
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In the wake of Brexit and Trump, the debate surrounding post-truth fills the newspapers and is at the center of the public debate. Democratic institutions and the rule of law have always been constructed and legitimized by discourses of truth. And so the issue of ‘post-truth’ or ‘fake truth’ can be regarded as a contemporary degeneration of that legitimacy. But what, precisely, is post-truth from a theoretical point of view? Can it actually change perceptions of law, of institutions and political power? And can it affect our understanding of society and social relations? What are its ideological premises? What are the technical conditions that foster it? And most importantly, does it have anything to teach lovers of the truth? Pursuing an interdisciplinary perspective, this book gathers both well-known and newer scholars from a range of subject areas, to engage in a philosophical interrogation of the relationship between truth and law.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

List of Contributors


Post-Truth: What is it About? Introduction, by Tiziana Andina and Angela Condello

  1. Davide Pala, A Political and Deliberative Virtue? The Epistemic Trust in Trustworthy Epistemic Authorities
  2. Angela Condello, After the Ordeal. Law and the Age of Post-Truth
  3. Elisabetta Galeotti, Believing Fake News
  4. Jacopo Domenicucci, Can we trust post-truth? A Trojan Horse in liberal counterspeech.
  5. Sanja Bojanic, Certain trouble: Mockumentaries and Truth
  6. Diego Marconi, Fake news, the crisis of deference, and epistemic democracy
  7. Sara Guindani, From Transparency to "Trumparency"
  8. Luke Mason, Idealism, Empiricism, Pluralism, Law: Legal truth after modernity
  9. Brian Leiter, Realism and Moralism in Political Thought
  10. Enrico Terrone, The Post-truth in Painting
  11. Tracy B. Strong, Truth, Facts, Alternates and Persons: or, Whatever Has Happened to Post-modernism?
  12. Tiziana Andina, Truth, Lies, and Post-truth
  13. Maurizio Ferraris, Who Cares About Privacy? The Documedia Surplus Value


About the Editors

Angela Condello is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Turin, Italy. Tiziana Andina is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Turin, Italy.

About the Series

Law and Politics

Continental Perspectives

A core legacy of the Continental juridico-political tradition is the methodological commitment to the idea that law and politics are inextricably tied to one another. On the one hand, law has to be studied in the light of the concrete political dynamics, social forces, and societal movements that make law what it is. On the other hand, the analysis of political processes should be coupled with the study of the legal techniques through which politics exerts its effects on social reality.
The series aspires to promote works that use the nexus 'law & politics' as a prism that allows understanding societal dynamics beyond the deep-seated borders separating purely legal from purely political methodologies. It welcomes theoretically informed and empirically grounded analyses that foster the development of theory in the study of juridico-political processes.

The qualifier 'Continental' signifies not so much a geographical or socio-historical feature as a methodological one. The approach that the series aims to promote, regardless of the nationality of prospective authors, materializes at the intersection between the vocabularies and methodologies of legal and political theories. In other words, the starting point of this approach is that the interplay between legal and political processes provides a precious lens to observe and comprehend contemporary societal phenomena.

More specifically, submissions exploring the following themes are welcomed:

  • The relationship between the legal and the political spheres from a theoretical, historical and/or empirical point of view.
  • The transformation of sovereignty.
  • The transformation of the state and the rise of non-state political and organizational structures that break the ties with modern statehood.
  • Exceptionalism and emergency at the domestic and/or the global level.
  • The downfall of conventional juridico-political binaries: public/private, state/civil society, domestic/international, religious/secular and others.
  • Current transformations of formal constitutions and the separation of powers.
  • Issues related to the increasing spread of legal pluralism and global legal pluralism.
  • Strategies and politics of legal elites and the new role of judicial bodies both nationally and internationally.
  • Analyses of key Continental authors who have brought to light the materiality of the law, such as Giorgio Agamben, Hannah Arendt, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Marcel Gauchet, Antonio Gramsci, Jurgen Habermas, Reinhart Koselleck, Antonio Negri, Carl Schmitt and others.
  • Analyses of key Continental "classics" whose voice is unheard or underrepresented in the Anglophone academic and publishing environment, such as Walter Benjamin, Leon Duguit, Georges Gurvitch, Maurice Hauriou, Hermann Heller, Georg Jellinek, Ernst Junger, Costantino Mortati, Georges Renard, Santi Romano, Rudolf Smend, Simone Weil and others.

This interdisciplinary series welcomes monographs and edited volumes that engage with the conceptual and empirical questions detailed above and discussions of how the contamination of jurisprudential and theoretical-political approaches helps illuminate current national and global processes.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Jurisprudence
LAW / Essays
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory