Is there a crisis of truth in the humanities?
Dr. Karim Dharamsi.
I examine Bernard Williams's claim that the humanities are in crisis. Williams suggests that we in the humanities express a paradoxical position: that in aligning ourselves with "being truthful," we've gone afoul of truth itself. Williams's diagnosis turns largely on a critique of Richard Rorty's contributions to this debate over the past two or so decades. He calls Rorty, among others, a denier of truth. I maintain that Williams is correct in both his diagnosis and his criticisms of Rorty. However, I argue that his positive story falls short; we are left resigned to the diagnosis, and to the challenge of meeting its demands for truth in the humanities.
Dr. Karim Dharamsi (Canada)
Department of Philosophy
University of Winnipeg
Karim Dharamsi teaches Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada.
Person as Subject
(Virtual Presentation, English)