On Truth

Hardcover | October 31, 2006

byHarry G. Frankfurt

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Having outlined a theory of bullshit and falsehood, Harry G. Frankfurt turns to what lies beyond them: the truth, a concept not as obvious as some might expect.

Our culture's devotion to bullshit may seem much stronger than our apparently halfhearted attachment to truth. Some people (professional thinkers) won't even acknowledge "true" and "false" as meaningful categories, and even those who claim to love truth cause the rest of us to wonder whether they, too, aren't simply full of it. Practically speaking, many of us deploy the truth only when absolutely necessary, often finding alternatives to be more saleable, and yet somehow civilization seems to be muddling along. But where are we headed? Is our fast and easy way with the facts actually crippling us? Or is it "all good"? Really, what's the use of truth, anyway?

With the same leavening wit and commonsense wisdom that animates his pathbreaking work On Bullshit, Frankfurt encourages us to take another look at the truth: there may be something there that is perhaps too plain to notice but for which we have a mostly unacknowledged yet deep-seated passion. His book will have sentient beings across America asking, "The truth—why didn't I think of that?"

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Having outlined a theory of bullshit and falsehood, Harry G. Frankfurt turns to what lies beyond them: the truth, a concept not as obvious as some might expect.Our culture's devotion to bullshit may seem much stronger than our apparently halfhearted attachment to truth. Some people (professional thinkers) won't even acknowledge "true...

Harry G. Frankfurt is a professor of philosophy emeritus at Princeton University. His books include The Reasons of Love; Necessity, Volition, and Love; and The Importance of What We Care About. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:112 pages, 6.33 × 4.28 × 0.54 inPublished:October 31, 2006Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030726422X

ISBN - 13:9780307264220

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from If you like "On Bullshit" Without realizing it, I have become a fan of Prof. Harry G. Frankfurt's work, especially since "The Reasons of Love", "Taking Ourselves Seriously And Getting It Right", to the little gem "On Bullshit", I am enticed by not only the clarity of thoughts but the encouragement of virtues and noble motives. "On Truth" is another tiny book like "On Bullshit", after a reading of it, it could even be named as a continuation of the latter. From the point of view as a general reader rather than a specialized philosophy student (which of us in essence can be named as non-philosophy student, we are all "livers" of lives and so cannot avoid learning and contemplating issues that comes with breathing and consciousness, or the loss of it), the title of "On Truth" has easily led us to expect answers pertaining to the big question about the meaning of life - the truth in life. Frankfurt, instead, has prepared a discourse focusing on the same path as the discussion in "On Bullshit" about truth as that in honesty, yes as yes, no as no. I have still learned a great deal from this little book and enjoyed it; I can also understand the trend of a lower rating from other readers when expectation (be it unrealistic, be it misguided) was not met.
Date published: 2009-04-19