Post-Truth and Vices Opposed to Truth

Article

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 map out the conceptual framework that must be in place before Christian ethicists can provide an adequate moral analysis of structural truth indifference.

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Creator
  • Stewart Clem

Journal or Work Title
  • Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume
  • 37

Issue
  • 2

First Page
  • 97

Last Page
  • 116

Number of Pages
  • 20

Publication Date
  • 2017-12

Subject
  • Theology

  • Christian Ethics

  • Post-truth

  • Lying

  • Thomas Aquinas

Publisher
  • Georgetown University Press

Date Created
  • 2018-10-30

Language
  • English

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Content License
  • All rights reserved

Digital Object Identifier

doi:10.1353/sce.2017.0035

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