On Bullshit

On Bullshit
Publisher Princeton University Press
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Category Philosophy
Total Pages 80
ISBN 9781400826537
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A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, "we have no theory." Frankfurt, one of the world's most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all. Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.

On Bullshit
  • Author : Harry G. Frankfurt
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-01-10

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit

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On Bullshit
  • Author : Harry G. Frankfurt
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2005-01-01

Presents a theory of bullshit, how it differs from lying, how those who engage in it change the rules of conversation, and how indulgence in bullshit can alter a person's ability to tell the truth.

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On Bullshit
  • Author : Harry G. Frankfurt
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-02-02

A #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit

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Calling Bullshit
  • Author : Carl T. Bergstrom,Jevin D. West
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2020-08-04

Bullshit isn’t what it used to be. Now, two science professors give us the tools to dismantle misinformation and think clearly in a world of fake news and bad data. “A modern classic . . . a straight-talking survival guide to the mean streets of a dying democracy and a global pandemic.”—

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Bullshit Jobs
  • Author : David Graeber
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Release Date : 2019-05-07

From bestselling writer David Graeber—“a master of opening up thought and stimulating debate” (Slate)—a powerful argument against the rise of meaningless, unfulfilling jobs…and their consequences. Does your job make a meaningful contribution to the world? In the spring of 2013, David Graeber asked this question in a playful,

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Business Bullshit
  • Author : André Spicer
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-09-11

Our organizations are flooded with empty talk. We are constantly "going forward" to lands of "deliverables", stopping off on the "journey" to "drill down" into "best practice". Being an expert at using management speak has become more important in corporate life than delivering long lasting results. The upshot is that

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Believing Bullshit
  • Author : Stephen Law
  • Publisher : Prometheus Books
  • Release Date : 2011-04-01

This book identifies eight key mechanisms that can transform a set of ideas into a psychological flytrap. The author suggests that, like the black holes of outer space, from which nothing, not even light, can escape, our contemporary cultural landscape contains numerous intellectual black-holes—belief systems constructed in such a

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Bullshit
  • Author : Mark Peters Phd
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2015-10-27

An irreverent lexicon of the seemingly infinite ways we call bullshit, written by a McSweeney's columnist and etymologist, illustrated by a New Yorker-contributing cartoonist. What's the difference between "balderdash" and "drivel"? Where did "mumbo-jumbo" come from? How should you use "meadow mayonnaise"? What's "felgercarb" and which popular TV show coined

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On Bullshit
  • Author : Harry Frankfurt
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-11-30

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The Life Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit
  • Author : John V. Petrocelli
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2021-07-27

Expanding upon his viral TEDx Talk, psychology professor and social scientist John V. Petrocelli reveals the critical thinking habits you can develop to recognize and combat pervasive false information that harms society in The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit. Bullshit is the foundation of contaminated thinking and bad decisions leading

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The Dictionary of Corporate Bullshit
  • Author : Lois Beckwith
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2011-04-13

This caustically funny Webster’s of the workplace cuts to the true meaning of the inane argot spouted in cubicles and conference rooms across the land. It’s time to face the facts: We live in the Golden Age of Bullshit. And as anyone who has ever worked in an

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Bullshit and Philosophy
  • Author : Gary L. Hardcastle,George A. Reisch
  • Publisher : Open Court
  • Release Date : 2011-09-30

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.

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On Truth
  • Author : Harry G. Frankfurt
  • Publisher : Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
  • Release Date : 2006

A philosophical treatise on the nature of truth offers a common-sense and witty approach that examines what it is and its value in a world and culture that seems devoted to falsehood, lies, half-truths, and marketing jargon. 200,000 first printing.

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Emotional Bullshit
  • Author : Carl Alasko Ph. D.
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2008-12-26

An invisible disease is affecting every aspect of your life. Insidious and creeping, it shapes you everyday – from the bedroom to the boardroom, from your shopping splurge, to the extra helping at your holiday dinner, to the dangerous liaison at work. It’s called emotional bullshit, and it’s encroaching

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Writing Without Bullshit
  • Author : Josh Bernoff
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2016-09-13

Joining the ranks of classics like The Elements of Style and On Writing Well, Writing Without Bullshit helps professionals get to the point to get ahead. It’s time for Writing Without Bullshit. Writing Without Bullshit is the first comprehensive guide to writing for today’s world: a noisy environment

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