On Bullshit

Category: Religious Studies
Author: Harry G. Frankfurt
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by smitty1e   2021-07-07
Correct Frankfurt link => https://www.amazon.com/Bullshit-Harry-G-Frankfurt/dp/0691122...

The referenced monograph is far less positive about BS, seeing it as an attack on the concept of truth as such.

"It can't be helped, but there's a lot of it about."--Pink Floyd

by smitty1e   2021-03-10
But does this article pass the Frankfurt test?


by smitty1e   2021-02-02
Harry G. Frankfurt offered a full philosophical theory of BS[1].

Key takeaway: the BSer isn't just sloppy or inaccurate with the hogwash. Rather, BS attacks the very concept of truth as such.

Looking at you, Postmodernists.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Bullshit-Harry-G-Frankfurt/dp/0691122...

by scrambledhelix   2019-07-21

Not to mention, BS != lying, according to at least one prominent academic.

It could very well be that BS is worse.

by kennyminot   2019-07-21


by respeckKnuckles   2019-07-21

Very cool. What definition of 'bullshit' are you using? I use Frankfurt's whenever it comes up.

by asabjorn   2019-03-30
Why do they have the right to use power to suppress viewpoint opponents with 100% flexibility in claiming an individual has wronged a group with no evidence, no clear definition of what the terms are, and no recourse?

It seems like terms like this and hate speech often boil down to “people that are effective at calling out my bullshit”.

It is unethical to with no evidence call republicans or classical liberals Nazis, and then use that as a justification to abuse your power to shut them up. Why not make an argument instead?

On this topic I really recommend Frankfurts [1] terse one hour read arguing that there are three types of statements; attempt at truth, attempt at lies, and attempt to just bullshit people with no regard to relate it to truth. This kind of attempt fall in the third category.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Bullshit-Harry-G-Frankfurt/dp/0691122...

by jseliger   2018-01-14
And if this piece speaks to you, you might also like Frankfurt's essay "On Bullshit" (https://www.amazon.com/Bullshit-Harry-G-Frankfurt/dp/0691122...).
by __jal   2017-08-19
For the record, I use 'bullshit' as a technical term[1].

I can imagine why someone might dislike 'clownshow'. Frankly, I find it accurate, or I wouldn't have written it, and I didn't use such terms in the past to describe pols I disagree with - it is specific to what I see as a historically bad outfit.

"Clean up the mess" is "uncivil"? Sorry, that's silly, and another demonstration that politically correct language policing isn't just for lefty college-kids.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Bullshit-Harry-G-Frankfurt/dp/0691122...

by t_g   2017-08-19
Reminds me of a good book I read in my ethics classes: