A large audience of Radleians and students from St Helens, MCS and other Oxfordshire schools, heard Professor AC Grayling, Master of the New College of the Humanities and arguably Britain's most famous public intellectual, give a fascinating Talk on the ‘Post-Truth’ World: covering such topical, contentious issues as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump.
Professor Grayling started by defining ‘Post-Truth’ – basically “propaganda”. He urged his audience to develop this key skill in the Post-Truth world - “scepticism” (“You have to be a good sceptic”). He asked how the election of Donald Trump, as the least-qualified candidate, could have happened. How was it possible too that a billionaire in a New York penthouse could pose as a man of the people? “The presentation of candidates has become an art”, he concluded. “Manipulation has become a science”. In the face of such Post-Truth developments, it was all the more “important to remain loyal to the truth”.
There were a host of questions and some fascinating discussion followed. IKC, of the Philosophy Society, thanked Professor Grayling profusely for his visit.