Wednesday, October 5, 2016

On Bullshit

This is not a new publication, simply new to me: On Bullshit, by Princeton UniversityProfessor Harry Frankfurt. The full text is available here.

Do not let the jocular nature of the title fool you, this is a serious short book (essay, really) written in 1985. 

Bullshitting is not lying, which is a willful act and implies a knowledge of the truth. A bullshitter doesn't care about the truth. He is engaged in the enterprise of manipulating and selling an opinion. Bullshit is likely more pervasive than lying and certainly more insidious.

For an entertaining and informative interview of Professor Frankfurt on the Daily Show, click here.

On Bullshit should be required reading during election time.


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