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Bullshit and Philosophy (Popular Culture and Philosophy #24)

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Popular interest in bullshit — and its near relative, truthiness — is at an all-time high, but the subject has a rich philosophical history, with Hobbes, Locke, Hume, and Kant all weighing in on the matter. Here, contemporary philosophers reflect on bullshit from epistemological, ethical, metaphysical, historical, and political points of view. Tackling questions including ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 25th 2006 by Open Court (first published 2006)
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No good. Just read Harry Frankfurt's, On Bullshit. This thing goes on forever without much to say.
Chad Bearden
Aug 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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"Bullshit and Philosophy" is not pleasure reading and really only rewards the reader who is willing to delve into the sometimes opaque rhythms of academic jargon and methodology. The collected essays herein are, to be sure, academia, and not some kind of clever pastiche.

Which isn't to say there isn't some cleverness to be found. While there are a handful of the articles that are so densely and seriously written that it becomes a chore to tease out their conclusions, most of the philosophers char
Evan Micheals
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A collection of scholarly essays on Bullshit. I now have a greater understanding of bullshit and how I best respond to it. Useful as I strive towards a more authentic life and try to lessen the amount of bullshit I produce. I suspect some production of bullshit in life is unavoidable (it might be the lubricant of many aspects of society), but the quantity we might control. The time spent reading this was worthwhile.
Chris Comis
Jan 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Fine, as far as these contributors can take it. The problem is, they have become desensitized to the stank of their own taurus-skata. But at the same time they do have enough of the skata removed from their own eyes that they can see it in some of the philosophical and cultural movements of our time. Really, this was supposed to be a popular re-presentation of Frankfurt's now classic book On Bullshit. But even here, it was kinda disappointing.
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fascinating and insightful. Learned a lot about communication and how we interact, and fail to interact with one another. And how our intentions and interpretations can be complicated and untrustworthy
Mar 21, 2007 rated it it was ok
I'm reading this solely out of a desire to cover the "literature" in this area. Most of it is bilge. (Though the Aberdein and Maes and Schaubroeck pieces are exceptions, and it reprints the excellent Cohen paper.)
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Jan 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Gets a little redundant at times. This book seems almost as if slapped together for popular culture reasons. Philosophy makes a buck.
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