The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth (Hardcover)

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The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth (Hardcover)


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Arming Americans to defend the truth from today's war on facts

Disinformation. Trolling. Conspiracies. Social media pile-ons. Campus intolerance. On the surface, these recent additions to our daily vocabulary appear to have little in common. But together, they are driving an epistemic crisis: a multi-front challenge to America's ability to distinguish fact from fiction and elevate truth above falsehood.

In this pathbreaking book, Jonathan Rauch reaches back to the parallel eighteenth-century developments of liberal democracy and science to explain what he calls the "Constitution of Knowledge"--our social system for turning disagreement into truth.

Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution and a contributing writer of The Atlantic. His previous books include Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought. Rauch resides in Washington, DC.

Product Details ISBN: 9780815738862
ISBN-10: 0815738862
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Publication Date: June 22nd, 2021
Pages: 318
Language: English