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Finding Oneself in the Other$
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G. A. Cohen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148809

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148809.001.0001

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Complete Bullshit

Complete Bullshit

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(p.94) Chapter Five Complete Bullshit
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Finding Oneself in the Other
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G. A. Cohen

, Michael Otsuka
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148809.003.0005

This chapter focuses on Harry Frankfurt's essay, “On Bullshit,” which the author considers to be a pioneering and brilliant discussion of a widespread but largely unexamined cultural phenomenon. It offers the author's own perspectives on the topic as well as his criticisms on certain aspects of Frankfurt's essay. Frankfurt, as this chapter shows, had taken for granted that the bull wears the semantic trousers: he therefore focused on one kind of bullshit only, and he did not address another, equally interesting, and academically more significant, kind. The chapter goes on to examine why a certain kind of bullshit flourishes in Francophone philosophical culture.

Keywords:   bullshit, Harry Frankfurt, Francophone philosophical culture, truth, falsehood, French philosophy

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