Fictions, Lies and the Authority of Law
Is there any connection linking some of the maladies of modern life—“cancel culture,” the climate of mendacity in public and academic life, fierce conflicts over the Constitution, disputes over presidential authority? Fictions, Lies, and the Authority of Law argues that these diverse problems are all a consequence of what Hannah Arendt described as the disappearance of authority in the modern world. In this perceptive study, Steven D. Smith offers a diagnosis explaining how authority today is based in pervasive fictions and how this situation can amount to, as Arendt put it, “the loss of the groundwork of the world.”
Notre Dame Press
Notre Dame, IN
Digital USD Citation
Smith, Steven D., "Fictions, Lies and the Authority of Law" (2021). Faculty Books. 82.