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Fake News and alternative facts : Trump, the thief

we really live in a "post-factual age" of "perceived truths", such as the Trump-shock culture is critical Europeans fear? Maybe not yet, but reason enough for an anthology with answers from the natural-, Social - and the Humanities on the now questionable dealing with the facts. Co-editor Peter Strohschneider, President, German research Foundation, in the introduction, be careful to make it clear: Even Donald Trump, who loves answers to those pesky facts with "alternative facts", do not deny, in principle, the distinction of truth and falsehood, but to put them in his game with "real news" (his own) and "fake news" (a hostile press): alone term, logically, there could be "without some kind of concept of truth, no fake". Trumps Trick, their own representations as "alternative facts", just follow the method of "Stop thief" (and, Yes, the thief himself cries out) if he plays in the competition for sovereignty of interpretation of his authority against the "lying press".

the science provides no eternal truths

This, in turn, is reason enough for the traditional relationship of trust between science and democracy. This relationship is based – contrary to the ideological concept of Truth to Soviet Marxism – proof, for anyone more insightful Conformity of speech and facts of the case. That's not alone to term logic, makes a contribution on the limits of mathematical reasoning significantly, as well as the understanding that science provides no eternal truths, but facts always subject to proof to the contrary, or even interest-led by the Client.

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Joachim Huber

The truth relativized to claim, and the idea of a Platonic philosopher of domination, especially as disinformation and Hoaxes in social media threaten scientific or dominate politically authorized facts. The contributions insistence, therefore, on the behalf of the science, to communicate facts without the need of a political Alternative. Science in democracies must be addressed to responsible citizens, it can generate neither presuppose nor. This remains the task of politics.

Günter Blamberger/Axel Freimuth/Peter Strohschneider (EDS.): From dealing with the facts. Answers from the natural-, Social - and the Humanities. Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Paderborn, 2018. 228 S, 39,90 €.

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