Harry Frankfurt, distinguished Princeton Professor, holds forth in earnest 'On Bullshit'
Considered one of the world's leading moral philosophers, widely known for his studies on the nature and meaning of love, Princeton Professor Harry G. Frankfurt appeared to be the most surprised person in the room that his little book On Bullshit (Princeton University Press; January, 2005) had become such a smashing success. Appearing at the Miami Book Fair, Frankfurt confided with the audience that it might be nothing but bullshit, but went on to give his well-considered definition of bullshit and even meditated, almost wistfully, on the potential usefulness of bullshit in a world seemingly run amok with it, pointing to politicians as perhaps the most artful practioners of bullshitting. Discoursing on why people bullshit, Frankfurt laid out the fundamental difference between lying and bullshit and lamented that there seemed to be no way to combat bullshit. Taking questions from the audience, Frankfurt held forth extemporaneously on the difference between spin and bullshit and the preponderance of bullshit passing as news, as well as the impact of today's social mobility in the propagation of bullshit and, perhaps most troubling of all, the apparent predisposition for a ton of bullshit in education, slyly suggesting that Yale University may be the bullshit capital of the world.
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