30 June 2005

Drowning in BS

Harry G. Frankfurt, a professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University, has written a 67-page book, titled On Bullshit, that has become a New York Times best-seller. Of course, The Times won't publish the actual title, presumably judging it "unfit to print." So we find instead On Bull---- riding the paper's best-seller lists for 26 weeks now. Some interviewer should ask the author whether the Times's prim evisceration of his book's title qualifies as BS. In any case, you can hear Prof. Frankfurt discuss his book by clicking on this.

1 comment:

J. Kingston Pierce said...

Sounds to me like Frankfurt is perfectly serious (or being perfectly ironic, is a serious way) about the subject of B.S. Check out this piece from Slate magazine about his new book:

"Defining Bullshit"
http://slate.msn.com/id/2114268/

BTW, this seems like a perfect time in which to tackle the dubious subject of bullshit (aka lying, prevaricating, blowing smoke up one's ass). After all, America is suffering through the reign of its foremost (so far) bullshitter in chief, the execrable George W. Bush.