A very amusing part 3 to Adrian Blaus Bullshit series, Trilogy even?
Part 1 and 2 were reblogged here,
IS DERRIDA FULL OF BULLSHIT? PART 2
May 3, 2017
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There’s a mild kind of bullshit which is common, entirely understandable, and produced by many of us, including me. But it’s insidious, and I’ll suggest that it might contribute to bigger problems.
Bullshit as Harry Frankfurt characterises it – in contrast to Jerry Cohen’s notion of bullshit – involves phoniness, indifference to truth. (See my earlier post for a comparison of Frankfurt’s and Cohen’s notions of bullshit, and some examples.)
In my view, bullshit is a matter of degree, and a mild form of Frankfurt-bullshit can often be found on TV, especially at the start of programmes.
Here are two recent examples from British television. The first is from top chef Michel Roux Jr., or rather, from whoever wrote the words which he read out at the start of the programme:
There’s nothing I’m more passionate about than what, how and why we eat and drink. … Something I’m obsessed…
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