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On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
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Feb 01, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: fraudio, philosophy, published-1986
Read in February, 2009

On Bullshit is an essay by philosopher Harry Frankfurt. Originally published in the journal Raritan in 1986, the essay was republished as a separate volume in 2005 and became a nonfiction bestseller, spending twenty-seven weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Wiki blurbs - In the essay, Frankfurt sketches a theory of bullshit, defining the concept and analyzing its applications. In particular, Frankfurt distinguishes bullshitting from lying; while the liar deliberately makes false claims, the bullshitter is simply uninterested in the truth. Bullshitters aim primarily to impress and persuade their audiences. While liars need to know the truth, the better to conceal it, the bullshitter, interested solely in advancing his own agenda, has no use for the truth. Following from this, Frankfurt claims that "bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are."

My opinion is that this is full of hot air and vapour - much bullshit on the subject of bullshit!

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Dragonsfire I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought this way of this book.


Thanks Dragonsfire, Dan, Carlo - so much good stuff out there and it is the job of honest reviewers to save the hard-earned pennies of fellow readers.

Bettie☯ Thanks Little!

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