What’s True?


Today I’m speaking with Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, a historian from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. It would be hard to find a scholar better equipped to enhance our historical perspective on how we decide what’s true.

Jennifer and I challenge each other’s thinking on several questions, including:

Were Enlightenment ideas about natural rights discovered or created?

Does the distinction between objective truth and pragmatic truth really matter?

How do we reconcile timeless values with scientific disruption?

To explore these ideas further, I recommend two of Jennifer’s books: The Ideas That Made America and American Nietzsche.

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