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  • The non-scientific questioning of scientific research during the COVID-19 pandemic, the unwillingness of a president of the United States of America to accept the result of a democratically held election: just in recent times, there have been quite a few striking examples of long-held certainties appearing as nothing more than just illusions. This essay reflects on the severe consequences of the loss of such certainties in the spheres of democratic politics on the one hand and of science, especially for highly differentiated societies, on the other hand as well as on their interdependencies. Furthermore, the author tries to make the case that this disillusionment could prove to be a salutary shock – reminding us that we need to take a stand for the things we hold as certainties, oftentimes even as calming ones, if we want them to stay how we always thought they were.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Volker Kronenberg
Subtitle (German):Ein Versuch über das Wesen des Selbstverständlichen in der Spätmoderne
Title translated (English):Undoubted Certainties? On the Nature of Self-evidence in Late Modernity
Parent Title (English):Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society
Number of pages:7
First Page:6
Last Page:12
Publisher:Brill, Schöningh
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2022/07/07
Copyright:© Volker Kronenberg, 2022. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the CC BY 4.0 license.
Keyword:COVID; Trump; illusion; politics; science; self-evidence
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Sozialpolitik und Soziale Sicherung
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):2 Religion / 21 Religionsphilosophie, Religionstheorie / 210 Religionsphilosophie, Religionstheorie
3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 324 Der politische Prozess
Entry in this database:2022/07/25
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International