Why academics should have a duty of truth telling in an epoch of post-truth?

Gibbs, Paul (2019) Why academics should have a duty of truth telling in an epoch of post-truth? Higher Education . ISSN 0018-1560 (Published online first)

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Abstract

In this article, I advocate that university education has at its core a mission to enable its communities of scholars (staff and students) to make judgements on what can be trusted, and that they, themselves, should be truth-tellers. It is about society being able to rely upon academic statements, avoiding deliberate falsehoods. This requires trust in oneself to make those judgements; an obligation to do so; and the courage to speak out when such judgements might be unpopular, risky or potentially unsafe. I suggest it should be a duty placed on academics to be truth-tellers and to educate potentially gullible others in what it is to have worthy and reliable self-trust in their own judgements.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Centre for Education Research and Scholarship (CERS)
Item ID: 25759
Notes on copyright: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Higher Education. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-018-0354-y
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Depositing User: Paul Gibbs
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2018 15:07
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2019 18:00
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25759

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