Truth and Evidence

Truth and Evidence


NOMOS - American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy

Edited by Melissa Schwartzberg and Philip Kitcher

Published by: NYU Press

240 pages, 140.00 x 210.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9781479811595
  • Published: December 2021



Explores the challenges of governing in a post-truth world
The relationship between truth and politics has rarely seemed more troubled, with misinformation on the rise, and the value of expertise in democratic decision-making increasingly being dismissed. In Truth and Evidence, the latest installment in the NOMOS series, Melissa Schwartzberg and Philip Kitcher bring together a distinguished group of interdisciplinary scholars in political science, law, and philosophy to explore the most pressing questions about the role of truth, evidence, and knowledge in government.
In nine timely essays, contributors examine what constitutes political knowledge, who counts as an expert, how we should weigh evidence, and what can be done to address deep disinformation. Together, they address urgent questions such as what facts we require to confront challenges like COVID-19; what it means to #BelieveWomen; and how white supremacy shapes the law of evidence. Essential reading for our fraught political moment, Truth and Evidence considers the importance of truth in the face of widespread efforts to turn it into yet another tool of political power.