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Sunday, March 20, 2005

Comedy Central and Bullshit 

Harry Frankfurt, philosophy professor par excellence, wrote an essay "On Bullshit" in 1985 that's in a collection of essays called THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT WE CARE ABOUT. You might have read that Princeton U Press just released "On Bullshit" as its own book. I'd recommend getting the original collection of essays, but it's an expensive book. You may be able to find it used at ABEBooks though.

The reason I recommend the collection is because it is rigorous philosophy at its most relevant: using analysis and conceptual parsing to clarify and understand important issues in our actual lives. "On Bullshit" is a particularly apt example since Frankfurter's distinction between lying and bullshitting is useful in understanding present political, er,"discourse". The liar at least demonstrates an awareness and even a certain respect for the truth in her attempts to avoid the truth. The bullshitter, on the other hand, only cares about creating certain impression and cares not if that words spewing forth are true or not. It is the indifference to truth that distinguishes the liar from the bullshitter.

Anyway, this is just a long introduction to the transcript of Frankfurt on the Daily Show.

Via Brian Weatherson.

-Ziggy Stardust  21:35 EST | |

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