Prolegomena zu einem politischen Begriff der Wahrheit

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Countering the widespread view that truth and facts have lost their rele-
vance for politics in a supposedly post-truth age, the article argues that the
appeal to truth in the political sphere fulfils multiple functions and is artic-
ulated in various forms. However, political philosophy and theory have so
far largely neglected the truth-politics relation. The article takes a first step
toward remedying this desideratum. To this end, a cartography of political
truth forms is developed along five fault lines: truth as foundation and de-
foundation, truth as coercion and freedom, truth as virtue and scandal,
truth as secret and transparency, and truth as knowledge and practice.
This allows to describe the workings of truth in the political in a differenti-
ated way without reducing it to purely epistemological, moral or power-
political issues.
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)12-25
JournalBehemoth. A Journal on Civilization
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Austrian Fields of Science 2012

  • 506013 Political theory
  • 603116 Political philosophy

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