Roland Breeur’s L. I. S.: Lies – Imposture – Stupidity: impact
Although the main conceptual components of this essay are not new, the structure and the end product are highly original. This book has a twofold impact on the contemporary research on truth: it combines images that have been always relevant to the philosophical discourse, namely, the phenomenon of truth, and it also carries on the message through different means and channels, including conferences on the issues examined in the book, an internet platform fakeMatters, and efforts to publish L. I. S.: Lies – Imposture – Stupidity in different languages, thereby trying to make the ideas more accessible to the wider public broadening its understanding on how truth functions, lies infiltrate, and post-truth prevails.
As truth is one of the grand concepts and has the quality of being everywhere and at the same time nowhere, the dialogue around it occasionally feels worn out. Roland Breeur invokes nonstandard conceptualisation by stating that truth no longer has any authority and possesses the qualities of being pointless, insipid, futile, superficial, full of clichés, meanwhile lie, dissimulation of facts, fiction, falsehood might be very insightful and potent. By expanding on these points even further, R. Breeur finds a new way of speaking about the truth and as a result revives the conversation.
Furthermore, the philosophical tradition has been impacted by extra-project activities, such as holding events, creating an internet platform, and translating the book in other languages. Through these means, Roland Breeur and his associates develop the discourse on imposters, imposter syndrome (in both Breeur‘s platform and book one can even find a wide array of real life examples of how people live their life in a state of imposture), presenting a new way of thinking about post-truth and its manifestation, rearranging and rejuvenating the dialogue on truth and its bits and pieces.