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The Truth about B.S.

photoThere's a lot of it around — false impressions, flat-out lies, subtle misrepresentations. Call it what you will but "b.s." has become part of American culture, and it can be dangerous, according to Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt.

In a new book titled "On Bullshit," Frankfurt argues that the trouble with "B.S." is that it is a greater threat to truth than lies are. "B.S." is undermining cultural respect for the truth, which, in turn, can and does undermine democracy.

Hear a conversation with Frankfurt on how the tide of "B.S." is changing our understanding of truth.

Guests:

Harry Frankfurt, professor of philosophy at Princeton University and author of "On Bullshit"

This program aired on February 17, 2005. The audio for this program is not available.

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