Politics as Epistemology

Currently it is obvious: politics is all about truth, evidence, facts, arguments, falsehood, accuracy, illusion, skepticism, stupidity. But so much of life is (see Socrates).  Most of morality is about truth and falsehood, facts and fallacies. The epistemic virtues are paramount. Get that right and the rest will follow. The first thing to go when things get nasty is epistemic virtue. People sometimes accuse me of being a “stickler”. Guilty as charged. I would much rather be a stickler than an enabler–pedantry over “niceness”. Trump is an epistemological monster–an affront to reason, a despiser of truth.

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