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Thursday, June 09, 2005

On Bullshit

Finally, a book I can do without. I'm paging through the August 7, 2005 issue of The New York Review of Books, and there it is on page 77 in a quarter page ad. The book is entitled On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt (Princeton University Press). Lest you think this is some joke, I might mention that Mr. Frankfurt is a philosophy professor emeritus at Princeton University. Amazed at how a book like this could only be $9.95 in cloth, I go to the internet and find several reviews of the book. Dana Milbank's review for The Washington Post highlights the contrast between the book's promotional package which screams out "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE" with the fact that the material was written nineteen years ago and has been previously published twice already. In case you missed it the first two times around or aren't exactly convinced yet, here's some help from the ad copy:

  • There is SO MUCH BULLSHIT in our culture. But why? What function does bullshit serve? According to philosopher Harry Frankfurt, we lack a clear theory of bullshit. With insight and humor, Frankfurt attempts to build such a theory.


Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...

I'm paging through the August 7, 2005 issue of The New York Review of Books

Time travel, Andy?

Actually, I saw this guy on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart a few weeks ago.

2:18 PM  

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