Derrida vs. the rationalists, truth in the age of bullshit, and the politics of humanism
The best long-reads from the New Humanist this month.
We’ve all done it. You say what you have to say to get things done, with little regard for the truth. Louis Brooke asks: does it matter?
Derrida’s famously difficult thought is often dismissed as “post-modern” nonsense. Is there is more to it than might first appear, argues Peter Salmon.
Intolerance and bigotry are in the ascendant. In the cover feature from our Spring issue, part of a special package on democracy and its discontents, Owen Jones surveys the challenges ahead.
In post-apartheid South Africa, comedy has become the expression of a new democratic energy, writes Caroline Crampton.
Although they worked within a religious framework, many philosophers in the Islamic world were pioneers of rational thought.