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.


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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