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On Bullshit is an essay by philosopher Harry Frankfurt. Originally published in the journal Raritan in 1986, the essay was republished as a separate volume in 2005 and became a nonfiction bestseller, spending twenty-seven weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list.
In the essay, Frankfurt defines a theory of bullshit, defining the concept and analyzing its applications. Bullshit can either be true or false but bullshitters aim primarily to impress and persuade their audiences, and in general are unconcerned with the truth or falsehood of their statements (it is because of this that Frankfurt concedes that "the bullshitter is faking things", but that "this does not necessarily mean he gets them wrong"). While liars need to know the truth to better conceal it, bullshitters, interested solely in advancing their own agendas, have no use for the truth. Thus, Frankfurt claims, "...bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are" (Frankfurt 61).
This work laid the foundation for Frankfurt's 2006 follow-up book, On Truth.
1 Publication history
2 See also
3 External links
"On Bullshit." Raritan Quarterly Review 6, no. 2 (Fall 1986). "On Bullshit." The Importance of What We Care About: Philosophical Essays. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1988. ISBN 0-521-33324-5 (hardback), ISBN 0-521-33611-2 (paperback). On Bullshit. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2005. ISBN 0-691-12294-6. See also
Pfeifer, Karl. Review of On Bullshit, Dialogue 45 (June 2006), pp. 617–620.
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