Lecture Description

The presidency of Donald Trump provoked an enormous literature on a “crisis of truth” in American politics and public discourse. Some have attributed his success in disseminating lies to “postmodernism,” and a declining faith in truth and objectivity; others have associated it with the fragmented media landscape fostered by the internet. This lecture provides a critical assessment of these narratives, arguing that they rely upon a nostalgia for earlier forms of the “public sphere” that few, upon scrutiny, would now find viable or desirable.


Intellectual Politics

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