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Submitting “Alternative Facts” to Debate: A Weberian Perspective on Post-truth Politics

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Kari Palonen

University of Jyväskylä, FI
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Abstract

Oxford Dictionaries chose “post-truth” as the “Word of the Year 2016”, while the association of German linguists (Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache) did the same for “postfaktische Politik”. “Alternative facts”, launched by Kellyanne Conway concerning the attendance at Donald Trump’s inaugural, was a third variant in this cluster. In this article, I shall discuss Max Weber’s parliamentary perspective on the critique of given facts and of the powers of science in relation to the debates around post-truth politics. A critical assessment of Leo Strauss’s critique of Weber as a nihilist and relativist introduces the problematic. One aim of the article is to illustrate how even trivial slogans can be situated in the history of political concepts, political theory and rhetoric.

How to Cite: Palonen, Kari. 2018. “Submitting “alternative Facts” to Debate: A Weberian Perspective on Post-truth Politics”. Redescriptions: Political Thought, Conceptual History and Feminist Theory 21 (2): 112–27. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7227/R.21.2.2
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Published on 01 Sep 2018.
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