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May 27, 2014

On Bullshit

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, we have no theory. I propose to begin the development of a theoretical understanding of bullshit, mainly by providing some tentative and exploratory philosophical analysis.
Harry Frankfurt's "On Bullshit"

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 27, 2014 7:08 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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It is a good essay. I gave up about halfway through. The man is articulate and verbose, a bad combination.

"Be lucid, but spare me the details" advice to Wormold in Our Man in Havana

I ought to follow that advice.

Posted by: chasmatic at May 27, 2014 11:56 AM

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