On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt

I’ve read about this book, On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt, in 50 Philosophy Classics. As it’s such a short book, I planned to borrow it from the library, along with other books. It appeared to be available, but it wasn’t on the shelf. I’ve asked for help, thinking it might be on another shelf. Well, it wasn’t. The librarian asked if I want him to order the book for me and I said yes, thinking he just has to press an “order now” button and that’s it. It wasn’t. I had to complete a form, where another librarian had a look and then looked strangely at me. I did say “it’s philosophy book” as an apology, because, I’m not the one to swear in public.
Long story short, it took a month or so to get the book and I had to pay a small fee. Nobody from the library told me that the book arrived, so I checked again on the shelf, hoping I don’t have to talk again with the librarian about my rude-sounding book. It was a hilarious experience.

On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt

The book is short, an essay, that starts with: “One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share.” He went up to talk about the difference between bullshit and lies. It’s a fascinating book that I think it’s worth reading. As it’s so short I don’t want to disclose too much form it. Give it a try, you might be intrigued too.

On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt

Details about the picture: No frills, just black coffee and the book
My rating: 5/5 Stars.
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Princeton University Press
Year it was published: 2005. The essay was originally published in the Raritan Review.
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Non-fiction. Philosophy
Pages: 67

About the author: Harry Gordon Frankfurt was born in 1929 and he graduated from John Hopkins University. He was Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University until 2002. He published a few books, including On Truth, On Inequality, and The Reasons of Love.
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4 thoughts on “On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt”

  • I’m a big book lover. Also, I’m a coffee addict haha 😀 And, after seeing this picture, I just wanted to read this blog, because there are two favorite things in one picture. Honestly, I didn’t hear about this book, but after reading this blog I will definitely read it. who else read it?

  • Haha I can just imagine you trying to politely order this in the library! Glad it was a good read though! x

  • I am intrigued but I think I’d just order it, rather than go through the rigmarole with the library! lol Mich x

  • I haven’t heard of this author before but I like the premise of the book, definitely something I would pick up!

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