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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

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)
Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy
University of Winnipeg

Karim Dharamsi teaches Philosophy at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada.

  • Truth and Truthfulness
  • Bernard Williams
  • Richard Rorty
  • Humanities
  • History
  • Philosophy
Person as Subject
  • Williams, Bernard Rorty, Richard Farrell, Frank

(Virtual Presentation, English)