Dennett on Truth

Dennett plugging his latest From Bacteria to Bach and Back. I’m with Dennett on this deeper analysis of where we are at just now and have been very concerned about this since Sokal. It was one of the primary motivations for my setting up EPISTEME. The problem, going back at least 30 years, has been that postmodernism has been either assimilated into disciplines with no philosophical culture (anthropology-, english-, gender-, communications- studies, and so on), or into philosophical departments that have lazily substituted activist ideology for disinterested inquiry (there is a socio-economic story of academia that can be told accounting for this).

I think what the postmodernists did was truly evil. They are responsible for the intellectual fad that made it respectable to be cynical about truth and facts. You’d have people going around saying: “Well, you’re part of that crowd who still believe in facts.”