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Democracy and truth : a short history, Sophia Rosenfeld

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Democracy and truth : a short history
Title
Democracy and truth
Title remainder
a short history
Statement of responsibility
Sophia Rosenfeld
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Fake news," wild conspiracy theories, misleading claims, doctored photos, lies peddled as facts, facts dismissed as lies--citizens of democracies increasingly inhabit a public sphere teeming with competing claims and counterclaims, with no institution possessing the authority to settle basic disputes in a definitive way. The problem may be novel in some of its details--including the role of political leaders, along with broadcast and digital media, in intensifying the epistemic anarchy--but the challenge of determining truth in a democratic world has a backstory. In this lively and illuminating book, historian Sophia Rosenfeld explores a longstanding and largely unspoken tension at the heart of democracy between the supposed wisdom of the crowd and the need for information to be vetted and evaluated by a learned elite made up of trusted experts. What we are witnessing now, under the pressure of populism, is the unraveling of the detente between these competing aspects of democratic culture. In four bracing chapters, Rosenfeld substantiates her claim by tracing the history of the vexed relationship between democracy and truth. She begins with an examination of the period prior to the eighteenth-century Age of Revolutions, where she uncovers the political and epistemological foundations of our democratic world. Subsequent chapters move from the Enlightenment to the rise of technocratic notions of democracy during the nineteenth century to the troubling trends--including the collapse of social trust--that have led to the rise of our "post-truth" public life. Rosenfeld concludes by offering suggestions for how to defend the idea of an extra-political truth against the forces that would undermine it
Cataloging source
PU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rosenfeld, Sophia A
Dewey number
321.8
Index
no index present
LC call number
JC423
LC item number
.R6169515 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Democracy
  • Democracy
  • Truth
  • Political culture
  • Political culture
Label
Democracy and truth : a short history, Sophia Rosenfeld
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
31223130817084
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-211)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • A very short introduction
  • The problem of democratic truth
  • Experts at the helm
  • The populist reaction
  • Democracy in the age of lies
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
213 pages
Isbn
9780812250848
Lccn
2018051029
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
bro-copy20190626-060
System control number
(OCoLC)1030351720
Label
Democracy and truth : a short history, Sophia Rosenfeld
Publication
Bar code
31223130817084
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-211)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • A very short introduction
  • The problem of democratic truth
  • Experts at the helm
  • The populist reaction
  • Democracy in the age of lies
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
213 pages
Isbn
9780812250848
Lccn
2018051029
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
bro-copy20190626-060
System control number
(OCoLC)1030351720

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