HUNTING FOR TRUTH
Persuasion and Propaganda in Times of Virus and War
Current Issues, Economy & Politics, Phisosophy
Gloria Origgi (born 1967) is Director of Research at the CNRS, Institut Nicod, of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. Former professor at Columbia University in New York, her philosophical studies focus on the theory of mind, epistemology and social sciences applied to new technologies. Internationally known for her scientific articles and books published in several languages, she is an author for Princeton UP and Palgrave in the US, for Egea and Laterza in Italy, for VRIN and PUF in France.
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Despite the political connotation it has currently taken, the "war" for truth -and against it- is not new at all.
It began with western philosophy when Plato fought against sophists, sellers of uncertainty who subverted consciences preventing their fellow citizens from contemplating the harmonious agreement between mind and facts. Today philosophy is far more skeptical about the existence of truth as something outside of us, yet truth has not disappeared from our conversations and concerns: it is at the basis of our political positions, of our decisions, of our moral sense, as well as of our prejudices.
Truth and politics, however, are linked together in ways that in part are sustainable with the organization of our societies and
minds, with globalization and the development of information technologies, and in part are not.
Alternating references to current events and references to the great names in the history of philosophy, Origgi traces the evolution of the concept of truth up to this day, trying to understand what triggered the short circuit in the transmission of knowledge within a civilization which is "more informed than ever" in an attempt to identify conditions to (re)build a meeting point between increasingly irreconcilable positions.