BPC Bulletin: Jonathan Rauch's "The Constitution of Knowledge"
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.
The Brookings Institution Press announces the book’s publication:
In The Guardian, John S. Gardner writes:
Arnold King writes:
In Yahoo! News, Jon Ward writes:
In Critical Inquiry, Jeff Frenkiewich writes:
Podcasts and Video Recordings
Michael Shermer, the editor of Skeptic magazine, interviews Rauch:
At Who What Why, Jeff Schechtman interviews Rauch:
Meghna Chakrabarti interviews Rauch on public radio’s On Point:
At Lawfare, Alan Rozenshtein interviews Rauch:
At Symposium, Robert Tracinski interviews Rauch:
On the New Books Network, Mark Klobas interviews Rauch:
On So to Speak, a production of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, Nico Perino and Greg Lukianoff talk with Rauch:
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:
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