Especially when there is a lot of political rhetoric in the air, those of us with strong political convictions are inclined to reflect on just why we hold certain views even as others who are basically like us hold very different ones. Social scientists and other thinkers struggle to explain it, but the puzzle remains-in part because they, too, disagree so much with one ather. Whether the arena is politics, religion, business, scientific research, or education, individuals who operate in the same environment and experience the same conditions may have radically different interpretations of the facts and diametrically opposed convictions about how to react to them. When faced with a fundamental disagreement, we ask ourselves: Why are these folks so wrong? And how can they be so convinced that we are wrong? In this provocative mograph, Tibor Machan explores the principles of truth, reason, and ideology, with particular respect to the profound political, ecomic, and social crises gripping the world today. In so doing, he t only sheds light on the nature of truth but also suggests a framework for embracing differences to come up with creative solutions.
Tibor R. Machan holds the R.C. Hoiles Chair in Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at the Argyros School of Business and Economics, Chapman University. He has previously held positions at State University of New York-Fredonia, University of California-Santa Barbara, University of San Diego, Auburn University, and the United States Military Academy, among others, and serves as a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is a frequent contributor to The Orange County Register, The New York Times, National Review, Reason, and many other periodicals. He has published dozens of books, contributed chapters, and scholarly articles on a wide variety of topics, including liberty and freedom, morality, and ethics in business, politics, and society. He holds degrees in philosophy from Claremont McKenna College (B.A.), New York University (M.A.), and University of California-Santa Barbara (Ph.D.).