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On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
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Feb 25, 2007

it was amazing

Frankfurt capitalizes on the potential for absurdity inherant in 'philosophical' texts. What philosophy sometimes comes down to, or rather, what critiqing it comes down to, is how well you can dissect what someone is actually saying, moving past all of the bullshit of language. The language used in this book is so dense at times that you might find it to be bullshit. The funny thing is, that's the point. He uses the language against itself. He describes how something can be bullshit if it sounds legit. More to the point, he proves that what may sound like bullshit is actually truth. Dig.
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Baladas This is so true. I found this little book fairly amusing, but not enough to give it high marks. The author, on the other hand, gets high marks from me for originality and humor. He is clearly a very intelligent man. :)

Nicholas Exactly. As a book it's solid. As a treatise? Not so much...

message 3: by Sam (new) - rated it 3 stars

Sam I liked the book, but I don't think it's the satire you make it out to be. As far as philosophy texts go, this is about as clearly sketched as it gets. Take it from someone with a philosophy degree, On Bullshit was the easiest, least thick essay I've ever read. Philosophy is notoriously unreadable and indecipherable. On Bullshit Dr. Seuss by comparison (and I mean that in a good way; approachable, fun, and creative)

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