BPC Bulletin: Jonathan Rauch's "The Constitution of Knowledge"

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee.

 

A new book is on sale: Jonathan Rauch’s The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth.

The book explains the procedures that truth seekers use to distinguish between truth and falsehood and to establish knowledge. The book also describes the strategies and tactics — for example, libel, disinformation campaigns, mob attacks on social media, and attempts to deprive unpopular speakers of their jobs — that the enemies of truth use to bury the truth, encourage widespread doubt, and intimidate, confuse and demoralize the public.

Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in the United States.

PUBLISHER’S NOTICE

The Brookings Institution Press announces the book’s publication:

https://www.brookings.edu/book/the-constitution-of-knowledge/

REVIEWS

In The Guardian, John S. Gardner writes:
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/26/the-constitution-of-knowledge-review-jonathan-rauch-trump

Arnold King writes:
https://arnoldkling.substack.com/p/jonathan-rauch-on-what-ails-the-reality

In Yahoo! News, Jon Ward writes:

https://news.yahoo.com/a-new-book-offers-a-way-out-of-information-chaos-and-cancel-culture-194052440.html

In Critical Inquiry, Jeff Frenkiewich writes:

https://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/jeff_frenkiewich_reviews_the_constitution_of_knowledge/

INTERVIEWS

Podcasts and Video Recordings

Michael Shermer, the editor of Skeptic magazine, interviews Rauch:

https://www.skeptic.com/michael-shermer-show/jonathan-rauch-constitution-of-knowledge-a-defense-of-truth/

At Who What Why, Jeff Schechtman interviews Rauch:

https://whowhatwhy.org/podcast/a-constitution-of-knowledge/

Meghna Chakrabarti interviews Rauch on public radio’s On Point:

https://www.scpr.org/programs/on-point/2021/06/24/89842/

At Lawfare, Alan Rozenshtein interviews Rauch:

https://www.lawfareblog.com/lawfare-podcast-jonathan-rauch-constitution-knowledge

At Symposium, Robert Tracinski interviews Rauch:

https://symposium.substack.com/p/jonathan-rauch-on-the-constitution

On the New Books Network, Mark Klobas interviews Rauch:
https://newbooksnetwork.com/the-constitution-of-knowledge-1

On So to Speak, a production of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Nico Perino and Greg Lukianoff talk with Rauch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4fJtAw_VwM

BONUS ARTICLE

In 2018, Rauch wrote a long article — “The Constitution of Knowledge” — while he was researching and writing his book. In the summer of 2021, the American Enterprise Institute reprinted this article in its “National Affairs” section:

https://www.nationalaffairs.com/publications/detail/the-constitution-of-knowledge

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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