In recent years, questions around the nature of truth and facts have reentered public debate, often in discussions around journalistic bias, and whether politically neutral reporting is possible, or even desirable. Many pundits have tried to place blame for the increasingly slippery and fickle nature of truth in reporting on the ideas developed in much 20th-century philosophy, particularly postmodern theory.
, however, argues that this is to mistake a diagnosis with the condition itself, and makes the case in his recent book, Being at Large: Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts
(McGill-Queen's University Press, 2020), that much of the hermeneutic and postmodern philosophical traditions can help us navigate these times out of joint.
Santiago Zabala is a philosopher and cultural critic and ICREA Research Professor of Philosophy at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He is author of many books, including Why Only Art Can Save Us: Aesthetics and the Absence of Emergency
(Columbia University Press, 2017). His opinion articles have appeared in the Guardian
, the New York Times
, and Al-Jazeera among other international media outlets.