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What is a Fact?

What is a fact? Few more thorny questions exist. Consider this, from Hannah Arendt’s essay, “Truth and Politics:” But do facts, independent of opinion and interpretation, exist at all? Have not generations of historians and philosophers of history demonstrated the impossibility of ascertaining facts without interpretation, since they must first be picked out of a…Read more What is a Fact?

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Posted on 7 December 2012 | 1:23 pm

Truthtelling at the Arendt Center Conference

A week after the Arendt Center’s fourth annual conference, “Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts”, Arendt Center Visiting Fellow, Kieran Bonner, reflects on the lecture given by Professor Peg Birmingham. Professor Peg Birmingham says that to fully understand Arendt’s relation to facts we must remember her distinction between moral action and political action. For…Read more Truthtelling at the Arendt Center Conference

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Posted on 4 November 2011 | 12:06 pm

Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts

The introductory lecture at the Arendt Center 2011 Fall Conference, “Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts” from Arendt Center director, Roger Berkowitz. Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts It is well known that Iraqi’s participated in the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States; that global warming is a myth; that childhood vaccines…Read more Truthtelling: Democracy in an Age Without Facts

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Posted on 2 November 2011 | 4:45 pm