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On Bullshit

Author : Harry G. Frankfurt
ISBN : 1400826535
Genre : Philosophy
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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
ISBN : 0691122946
Genre : Philosophy
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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.

Bullshit

Author : Mark Peters Phd
ISBN : 9781101904541
Genre : Humor
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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 it? There are hundreds of common and rare terms for bullshit in English, including borrowings from German, turn-of-the-century sailors, The Simpsons, and beyond. Bullshit is everywhere, but not all of it is created equal. Mark Peters's Bullshit: A Lexicon is the handy guide to identifying and calling BS in all of its many forms, from "bunk" and "claptrap" to "applesauce" and "gobbledygook." Packed with historical facts, pop culture tidbits, and definitions for each term, Bullshit is perfect for humor readers, language lovers, and anyone looking to describe life's everyday annoyances.

Bullshit And Philosophy

Author : Gary L. Hardcastle
ISBN : 9780812697841
Genre : Philosophy
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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. Tackling questions including what is bullshit, what does it do, is it a passing fad, and can it ever be eliminated, the book is a guide and resource for the many who find bullshit worth pondering.

Your Call Is Important To Us

Author : Laura Penny
ISBN : 9781551992884
Genre : Social Science
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Ever been left spluttering over some fatuous fib trying to pass itself off as information, even as fact? Of course you have. We all have. It's bullshit, and as Laura Penny sees it, we're drowning in the stuff. Your Call Is Important to Us is Penny's brilliant take on the "all-you-can-eat buffet of phoniness" that is our lives today. "We live in an era of unprecedented bullshit production," Penny says. While bullshit is not new, more money, more media, and more people at mics have led to a bullshit pandemic. Today, we are so used to exaggeration and obfuscation we rarely notice them any more.Thank goodness we have Penny as our witty, smart-aleck guide through the phoniness of advertising and public relations, the claptrap of big pharma, the gobbledygook of the media, and the poppycock of the service industry. Along the way, Penny takes direct aim at the major culprits and the insidious ways they distort reality. As scathing as Michael Moore, as incisive as Naomi Klein, and as funny as Al Franken, Penny's take on the bullshit factor in modern life is a page-turner. Penny has a cheeky riff on that revealing question: "If my call is so important," she asks, "why doesn't anyone answer the damn phone?" From the Trade Paperback edition.

Harry Frankfurts Essay On Bullshit Als Sprachkritischer Ansatz

Author : Matthias Billen
ISBN : 9783640779840
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2007 im Fachbereich Germanistik - Sonstiges, Note: 1,3, Universität Trier, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Soziale Kontakte zu anderen Menschen und die Nutzung der vielfältigen, sich inflationär steigernden Medienflut führen zu einer Masse von Kommunikationssituationen und Tex- ten, die vom Rezipienten kaum noch zu bewältigen sind. Gespräche mit Passanten auf der Straße, der ,,Small-Talk" im Büro, die tägliche Zeitungslektüre, die Nutzung des Internets, des Radios oder des Fernsehers, die Werbung in Zeitschriften und das Gespräch mit dem Ehepartner gehören zu den grundlegendsten Formen der Kommunikation bzw. der Infor- mationsaufnahme und medialen Unterhaltung. Die Aufzählung der Situatio- nen/Ereignisse/Medien, durch welche sich der Zuhörer und Leser mit Aussagen und Tex- ten konfrontiert sieht, kann beliebig fortgeführt werden. Viele dieser Formen der Kommu- nikation und Information erscheinen für den Rezipienten als wichtige, gehaltvolle und re- levante Sachverhalte. Doch treffen die vielen Aussagen, welche in den verschiedenen Formen der Kommunikation getroffen werden, wirklich zu und ist es überhaupt von Rele- vanz, dass diese Aussagen getroffen werden bzw. dass ihnen ein Wahrheitsgehalt imma- nent ist? Dieser Frage geht Harry Frankfurt in seinem Essay ,,On Bullshit" nach, indem er versucht, eine Definition für den Begriff ,,Bullshit" zu finden (Frankfurt 2006). Grundlegende These Frankfurts ist, dass es in den verschiedenen Formen der Kommunikation Aussagen gibt, deren Wahrheitsgehalt, seien sie wahr oder unwahr, völlig irrelevant ist. Diese gegenüber der Korrektheit ihres Inhalts indifferenten Aussagen bezeichnet er als ,,Bullshit".

The Game Behind The Game

Author : Russ Parr
ISBN : 0982702752
Genre : Self-Help
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At a time when record numbers of Americans are unemployed and under-employed, syndicated radio personality Russ Parr has something important to add to the conversation about how to get a job, keep a job or move up the corporate ladder. The Game Behind The Game: Mastering The Art Of Bullshit a fresh look at what it really takes to win impress bosses and move ahead in the business game. In his humorous, urban style, Parr lets everyone know that 'the world runs on BS' and if you want to be 'cash-checking' (i.e. making money)— you might need to pucker up for a little old fashioned a$$-kissing. A how-to-succeed-in-business book unlike any you've ever seen, Parr offers readers a unique and humorous approach to what it really takes to succeed. Using the unique examples gleaned from his syndicated program The Russ Parr Morning Show, Parr recounts the foibles of unfortunate characters whose examples the reader should avoid—as well as stories from Parr's own riveting journey and ultimate ascent to top of the national airwaves. From his advice on 'How to Talk BS,' his suggestions to 'play the opposite' of what people expect and his heartfelt belief in the 'Power of Negative Thinking' Parr offers a move by move blueprint for success that is accessible to all. No matter the field in which your career aspirations may lie, Parr teaches us how to be victorious with a long term strategy while leap-frogging competitors who play the success game with a short term vision. This part motivational part biographical narrative boasts a lively wisdom delivered in a straight-forward diatribe that only an uncensored Russ Parr can convey.

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