What Is Truth?


In its assessment of current and emerging forms of truth, their application to humanistic inquiry, and their implications for democracy, the Future of Truth is animated by these big questions:

What kinds of truth are there, and which of these kinds will remain viable?

How, for example, can we understand truth in visual art and media? And how does it relate to the kind of truth pursued by science? Where can we see truth?

How is our digital life changing how we value and understand truth?

There is a growing sense that the use and misuse of digital technology have hastened the arrival of a “post-truth” culture. In other words, some argue that computers have made truth irrelevant. To what extent is this right, and how might it be addressed?

Can truth and its pursuit matter in politics?

As political philosopher Hannah Arendt famously remarked, it can seem that truth and politics are always at war with one another. Yet democracies need informed citizens and epistemic justice. How can we better achieve these goals?