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On Bullshit

Harry G. Frankfurt

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      One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, "we have no theory." Frankfurt, one of the world's most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all.;Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned
      CONTRIBUTORS: Harry G. Frankfurt EAN: 9780691122946 COUNTRY: United States PAGES: WEIGHT: 113 g HEIGHT: 152 cm
      PUBLISHED BY: Princeton University Press DATE PUBLISHED: CITY: GENRE: PHILOSOPHY / General, PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy WIDTH: 102 cm SPINE:

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      Philosophy, Ethics and moral philosophy

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      Harry G. Frankfurt is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton University. His books include "The Reasons of Love" (Princeton), "Necessity, Volition, and Love", and "The Importance of What We Care About".

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      One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, "we have no theory." Frankfurt, one of the world's most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all.;Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned
      CONTRIBUTORS: Harry G. Frankfurt EAN: 9780691122946 COUNTRY: United States PAGES: WEIGHT: 113 g HEIGHT: 152 cm
      PUBLISHED BY: Princeton University Press DATE PUBLISHED: CITY: GENRE: PHILOSOPHY / General, PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy WIDTH: 102 cm SPINE:

      Book Themes:

      Philosophy, Ethics and moral philosophy

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