As political discourse had been saturated with the ideas of "post-truth", "fake news", "epistemic bubbles", and "truth decay", it was no surprise that in 2017 The New Scientist declared: "Philosophers of knowledge, your time has come." Political epistemology has old roots, but is now one of the most rapidly growing and important areas of philosophy.

The Routledge Handbook of Political Epistemology is an outstanding reference source to this exciting field, and the first collection of its kind. Comprising 41 chapters by an international team of contributors, it is divided into seven parts:

  • Politics and truth: historical and contemporary perspectives
  • Political disagreement and polarization
  • Fake news, propaganda, and misinformation
  • Ignorance and irrationality in politics
  • Epistemic virtues and vices in politics
  • Democracy and epistemology
  • Trust, expertise, and doubt.

Within these sections crucial issues and debates are examined, including: post-truth, disagreement and relativism, epistemic networks, fake news, echo chambers, propaganda, ignorance, irrationality, political polarization, virtues and vices in public debate, epistocracy, expertise, misinformation, trust, and digital democracy, as well as the views of Plato, Aristotle, Mòzǐ, medieval Islamic philosophers, Mill, Arendt, and Rawls on truth and politics.

The Routledge Handbook of Political Epistemology is essential reading for those studying political philosophy, applied and social epistemology, and politics. It is also a valuable resource for those in related disciplines such as international relations, law, political psychology, political science, communication studies, and journalism.

part 1|76 pages

Politics and truth

part |74 pages

Introduction to Part 1

chapter 2|11 pages

Identifying upward

Political epistemology in an early Chinese political theory

part 2|82 pages

Political disagreement and polarization

part 3|69 pages

Fake news, propaganda, and misinformation

part |67 pages

Introduction to Part 3

part 4|59 pages

Ignorance and irrationality in politics

part |57 pages

Introduction to Part 4

part 5|62 pages

Epistemic virtues and vices in politics

part 6|71 pages

Democracy and epistemology

part |69 pages

Introduction to Part 6

part 7|61 pages

Trust, expertise, and doubt

part |59 pages

Introduction to Part 7