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Overcoming Veriphobia - Learning to Love Truth Again

Richard Bailey
British Journal of Educational Studies
Vol. 49, No. 2 (Jun., 2001), pp. 159-172
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3122133
Page Count: 14
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Overcoming Veriphobia - Learning to Love Truth Again
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Abstract

Truth has had a hard time in much recent educational and social scientific writing. Veriphobia, the fear of truth, can be witnessed in the work of postmodernists, radical social constructivists, pragmatists, and others. Although it manifests itself in numerous ways, there remain certain frequently appearing symptoms, and these are examined in this paper. It is suggested that the veriphobic stance is inherently self-contradictory. It is also fatal for serious and meaningful research and inquiry. Once veriphobia has been treated, researchers can stop worrying and start loving truth again.

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