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  • Author:
    Stewart Clem
    Advisory Committee:
    Celia Deane-Drummond, John O'Callaghan, Gerald McKenny, Jean Porter
    Degree Area:
    Theology
    Degree:
    PhD
    Defense Date:
    2018-11-13
  • Author(s):
    Stewart Clem
    Abstract:

    Philosopher Harry Frankfurt has famously coined “bullshit” as a technical term— it refers not to outright lying but rather to a casual indifference to truth. Disregard for truth is accepted and even expected in many contexts, yet it creates conditions for gross injustice and dehumanization. I offer an account of widespread cultural indifference to truth as structural sin, a condition I call “truth indifference.” Drawing on Thomas Aquinas’s understanding of the virtue of truth (veracitas), I m…

    Date Published:
    2017-12