Academic journal article et Cetera

On Bullshit

Academic journal article et Cetera

On Bullshit

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Harry G. Frankfurt. On Bullshit, Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2005.

Many people are rather confident of their ability to recognize BS and to avoid being taken in by it. Thus, the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. But this book asks us to look more deeply into the subject: Why is BS so prevalent in our culture? What function does it serve? Can we come up with a theory to explain it?

In On Bullshit, Harry G. Frankfurt, Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton University and well-known moral philosopher, attempts, through philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, to answer the aforementioned questions. And he does so in a small sized volume of only sixty-pages with large print.

Frankfurt explores how BS and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He contends that BSers misrepresent themselves to their audience, not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. …

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