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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,536 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harry G. Frankfurt Narrator: George Wilson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bulls**t. 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 bulls**t and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bulls**t 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 bulls**t and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bulls**tters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bulls**t need not be untrue at all.

Rather, bulls**tters 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 bulls**t 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, bulls**t is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ab | 2/14/2014

    " IT JUST KEEPS ON PILING UP!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Canada | 2/1/2014

    " Nearly hot air. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/19/2014

    " This was an insightful look into just what bullshit is from the viewpoint of a moral philosopher, and a quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naomi Schendzielos | 1/16/2014

    " This is a treatise on what constitutes bullshit, not to be confused with lying. It is a very good read and I believe every teenage girl entering high school should be required to read it in order to deal with male-female relationships. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn Harmon | 1/16/2014

    " A satyrical approach to definining what has become "the bane of our civilization" - people spewing words from their mouths that have very little to do with the reality in which they live. Witty, educational,mildly irreverent and impressively articulate. I thoroughly enjoyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zrinka | 1/16/2014

    " Funny as hell! And again, it seems to me like he wrote it all just to have a good punchline as the last sentence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Daniel Lee | 1/12/2014

    " This book taught me that you can still get hustled by the best of philosophers. It's a good toilet book though, so pick it up if you're looking for something to help you through those long poo's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arie Rahayu | 1/9/2014

    " Buku ini bagus banget. Bisa jadi contoh bagaimana suatu kata didefinisi. Yah, hanya saja buku ini rada berat. Mungkin butuh 3 kali baca baru oke. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stefan | 1/9/2014

    " This brief treatise, vulgar in content yet delightful in the telling, is a tour de force about one of the most salient characteristics of our times. The ending is a bit weak relative to the rest of the book, but overall this little tome is nothing short of brilliant. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lucian Tomuta | 1/7/2014

    " Dry bullshit. Fortunately not a whole lot of it. ;) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melvin | 12/28/2013

    " It's a short essay that takes about 30 mins to read, so I wouldn't buy it in book form. I liked it; didn't know there was a difference between bullshit and lies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christine | 12/18/2013

    " EH. Its a little too philosophical. There's no point or benefit of understanding. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dilek | 12/10/2013

    " that is a really good one! Just read it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 josh | 11/30/2013

    " this book was filled with the typical pretentious bullshit and twenty-five cent words one would expect from a philosophical paper. while there were a few good points they were so few and far between - i would say it's hardly worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Rainson | 11/11/2013

    " Really worth reading just because it's both funny and a pretty spot-on assessment of American culture. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura Cowan | 10/27/2013

    " silly, just something fun to put on a bookshelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carl | 10/22/2012

    " One of the most relevant books of philosophy in modern times. Seriously. If you only ever read two philosophy books in your whole life, read this and it's sequel "On Truth". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 9/11/2012

    " Bullshit vs lies, truth vs sincerity. An attractive little book that starts a little slowly but turns out to be well worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joe | 7/7/2012

    " Philosophy doctrine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MacDara Conroy | 11/27/2011

    " One could be smart and say that this tract is itself an exercise in bullshit, as it doesn't really make its point till 40-something pages in. But you'll read the whole thing in an hour or less, and it does throw up some thought-provoking ideas regarding the cultural significance of its subject. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James | 10/9/2011

    " A load of baloney. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark Robertson | 10/6/2011

    " Entertaining but generally unconvincing. Frankfurt does not adequately demonstrate that there is his alleged difference between "bullshitting" and lying. Still a worthwhile read for a free hour. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 8/1/2011

    " I suppose I have a reading fetish for books with Bullshit in the title, but this is an intellectual look into bullshit as a philosophical artform and practice. We've all had to bullshit at some point and this Princeton professor's quick look into the phenomena is a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mon | 5/7/2011

    " I didn't finish the book, so my review is bullshit anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Winston | 4/25/2011

    " It was an interesting topic to say the least. However I tend to disagree with his conclusion. Bullshit is much more hot air than bluffing or almost lying. And the reasons for bullshitting someone are as varied as for lying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 4/16/2011

    " If you want to know what Harry Frankfurt thinks of bullshit, give it a read. Some interesting thoughts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kambiz | 4/5/2011

    " A must, must, must, must read... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny | 3/21/2011

    " Stimulating read, though I would have been helped more if Frankfurt would have given more practical examples delineating between lying and bs’ing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 3/20/2011

    " Really great essay on the prevalence of bullshit in our society. Makes you think! And laugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/17/2011

    " Instead of merely recognizing bullshit when you see it, the author suggests certain guidelines for evaluating said bull. This book is short and sweet and makes the reader think-- that's no bull! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 3/3/2011

    " Great title...but felt like someone's boring college paper on the subject. Much better as a topic with friends over drinks. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 2/9/2011

    " I thought this might be interesting, given the title. Plus, it's a cute 4x6 size, so it just might be a fun, quick read. However, it's super dry and I did not get much out of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 1/23/2011

    " BS about BS. After the first few pages and you get over the novelty of what he is doing, it gets sort of boring and you just want it to end. "

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