Department of Philosophy

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Carlos Prado

"Is President Trump a Stealth Postmodernist, or Just a Liar?" This is the question that Thomas Edsall asks in a January 25 article in the New York Times. Canvassing views of important commentators, he quotes Professor (Emeritus) Carlos Prado: 

“Users of post-truth see themselves as expressing their opinions, but opinions that call for no verification, and in being their opinions, are on a par with anyone else’s opinions,” Prado writes in a forthcoming book, “The New Subjectivism”: Post-truth is the final step in the misguided move away from objective truth to relativization of truth. If truth is objective, assertions or propositions are true depending on how things are. If truth is relative, assertions or propositions are true depending on how people take things to be.

 

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