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Harry G. Frankfurt On Bullshit

Let's have dinner and discuss Frankfurt's essay "On Bullshit"

Harry Gordon Frankfurt (born May 29, 1929) is an American philosopher. He is professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University and has previously taught at Yale University and Rockefeller University. He obtained his B.A. in 1949 and Ph.D. in 1954 from Johns Hopkins University. His major areas of interest include moral philosophyphilosophy of mind and action, and 17th century rationalism. His 1986 paper On Bullshit, a philosophical investigation of the concept of "bullshit", was republished as a book in 2005 and became a surprise bestseller, leading to media appearances such as Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. In 2006 he released a companion book, On Truth, which explores society's loss of appreciation for truth.

Among philosophers, Frankfurt was for a time best known for his interpretation of Descartes's rationalism, his account of freedom of the will (on which he has written numerous important papers[1]) based on his concept of higher-order volitions, and for developing what are known as "Frankfurt cases" (i.e., thought experiments designed to show the possibility of situations in which a person could not have done other than he/she did, but in which our intuition is to say nonetheless that he/she acted freely). However, his later work on love and caring is now equally discussed.

(from Wikipedia)


This essay is available in book form, or can be read online here.

It's only about 20 pages, so take a little time to read it and come out and join us!

Come between 6:30 and 7:00, take any available seat and get your orders in before we start at 7:00.


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  • Mac

    Interesting subject and an interesting viewpoint by Frankfurt. Provoked a lot of discussion with a diversity of participation. Overall very stimulating and informative.

    February 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    great topic

    February 21, 2012

  • Dawn

    Great presentation with an especially fascinating discussion afterwards.

    February 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone commented on how well everything went. It was fun.

    February 21, 2012

  • Todd

    If you're lucky, you might find parking on the street (it is better than it used to be) but Porter's does validate parking for a nearby lot:

    February 19, 2012

  • Renard D.

    Advice on parking? Haven't been on Hillsboro St. since 1997, and know it was a bear back then.

    February 19, 2012

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