This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and renowned intellectual historian Martin Jay, UC Berkeley. A thought-provoking book in dialogue format examining Martin Jay’s extensive research on lying in politics from Plato and St. Augustine to Hannah Arendt and Leo Strauss which culminated in his book The Virtues of Mendacity.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction,The Varnished Truth, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
A Fruitful Approach - Investigating “the political”
The Liar’s Stage - From Machiavelli to political play-acting
Lies, American Style - A central concern?
Transcending Kant - The Value of nuance
Coming Clean - Appreciating what we know
Monological Dangers - Truth as the enemy of the political
Democracy - Its porous nature and implications
Getting Worse? - In search of a Golden Age of truth-telling
Puritanical Dangers - Fanatical truth-telling
Politics vs. Science - Similarities and differences
Summing Up - Admissions and conclusions
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