Discuss BS

At our last meeting we decided to celebrate Andy's return to Socrates Cafe by discussing BS! In particular, BS in media and popular culture, as analyzed in Andy's paper "A new take on deceptive advertising: Beyond Frankfurt's analysis of 'BS'" in Business & Professional Ethics Journal. Whereas a liar intentionally and knowingly states something untrue, a BSer simply cares less about the truth of a claim than whether it furthers some other goal, such as making an impression or a sale. As such it can be even harder to recognize and have more insidious effects than outright lying.

Bring your favorite example of BS or a person who uses it for a living. Our philosopher in residence, Andy Johnson, will help us discuss.

I will try to upload a copy of Andy's paper to the Files tab if you'd like to read the details.

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  • James M.

    Good meeting. Enjoyed it.

    July 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good but too short

    July 13, 2013

  • Brian K.

    Interesting aspects to the subject... I don't think all of them were BS LOL

    July 13, 2013

  • Charles

    Enjoyed comments from new members of group. Wide ranging discussion covered many aspects of the BS issue. Was good to welcome Andy back after his Russian adventure(s).

    July 13, 2013

  • Janet D.

    Looking forward to it; I haven't been able to make it the last few months. Yes would like to read Andy's paper.

    July 6, 2013

    • Pam A.

      It's under More/Files.

      July 7, 2013

  • Pam A.

    Gregg? We will need you to demonstrate.

    July 6, 2013

  • Delia

    I will be out of town

    July 6, 2013

  • Soha Muzaffar K.

    I do not have much of a background in philosophy but am interested in exploring it and would love to meet up with people more knowledgeable about it

    July 3, 2013

    • Andy

      Don't worry, Soha: The only background required is background in life. :-)

      July 6, 2013

  • Bonnie

    Will there be a lunch meeting afterward?

    July 4, 2013

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