Frankfurt on Truth and Bullshit
There’s a wonderful piece in the New York Times in which Deborah Soloman talks with the philosopher Harry Frankfurt, author of On Bullshit, perhaps the most entertaining philosophy book ever. Here’s a taste of the interview:
Recognizing truth requires selflessness. You have to leave yourself out of it so you can find out the way things are in themselves, not the way they look to you or how you feel about them or how you would like them to be.
True that. But not easy. And here’s Frankfurt on long books:
What I think is that a short book can contain a lot of bullshit, but a long book almost inevitably contains a lot of bullshit.
Now that is a quote!
The rest of the interview—it’s very short and contains 0% bullshit—is here.