Bullshit and 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 ...
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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812696110
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,397,757
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


On Bullshitmania   George A. Reisch   Gary L. Hardcastle     vii
To Shoot the Bull?: Rethinking and Responding to Bullshit     1
On Letting It Slide   Scott Kimbrough     3
A Defense of Common Sense   Consuelo Preti     19
The Pragmatics of Bullshit, Intelligently Designed   George A. Reisch     33
Bullshit and the Foibles of the Human Mind, or: What the Masters of the Dark Arts Know   Kenneth A. Taylor     49
Bullshit and Personality   Sara Bernal     63
Performing Bullshit and the Post-Sincere Condition   Alan Richardson     83
The Importance of Being Earnest: A Pragmatic Approach to Bullshitting   Cornelis de Waal     99
The Bull by the Horns: Defining Bullshit     115
Deeper into Bullshit   G.A. Cohen     117
The Unity of Bullshit   Gary L. Hardcastle     137
Raising the Tone: Definition, Bullshit, and the Definition of Bullshit   Andrew Aberdein     151
Different Kinds and Aspects of Bullshit   Hans Maes   Katrien Schaubroeck     171
It's All Around Us: Bullshit in Politics, Science, Education, and the Law     183
The Republic of Bullshit: On the Dumbing-Up ofDemocracy   Mark Evans     185
Political Bullshit and the Stoic Story of Self   Vanessa Neumann     203
Bullshit at the Interface of Science and Policy: Global Warming, Toxic Substances, and Other Pesky Problems   Heather Douglas     215
Rhetoric Is Not Bullshit   David J. Tietge     229
Just Bullshit   Steve Fuller     241
Our Distinguished Panel of Incomparable Geniuses     259
Our Index, Exquisitely Crafted for Your Illumination     265
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