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Description - The Divide: How Fanatical Certitude Is Destroying Democracy by Taylor Dotson

Why our obsession with truth--the idea that some undeniable truth will make politics unnecessary--is driving our political polarization.

In The Divide, Taylor Dotson argues provocatively that what drives political polarization is not our disregard for facts in a post-truth era, but rather our obsession with truth. The idea that some undeniable truth will make politics unnecessary, Dotson says, is damaging democracy. We think that appealing to facts, or common sense, or nature, or the market will resolve political disputes. We view our opponents as ignorant, corrupt, or brainwashed. Dotson argues that we don't need to agree with everyone, or force everyone to agree with us; we just need to be civil enough to practice effective politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262542715
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Aug-2021
Country of Publication: United States

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