Michael Kelly on "The Unfriendliness of Untruthfulness"

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Michael Kelly on "The Unfriendliness of Untruthfulness"

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Michael Kelly on "The Unfriendliness of Untruthfulness"

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  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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San Diego State University

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110

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Join USD Philosophy Professor Michael Kelly at San Diego State University, where he will be speaking on "The Unfriendliness of Untruthfulness."

ABSTRACT:

This essay presents a phenomenological critique of the now notable and perhaps infamous philosophical essay by the analytic moral psychologist, Harry Frankfurt, “On Bullshit." My contentions is that Robert Sokolowski’s phenomenology of truthfulness and his view that philosophy’s job is to make distinctions can resolve tensions in, and bring important distinctions to bear on, Frankfurt's account. I first want to suggest that Frankfurt’s account of the essence of BS as the “indifference to truth” is about the BSer (and not the BS) and thus about truthfulness (and not so much about truth itself). Second, I apply Sokolowski’s phenomenological notion of vagueness in order to introduce some new and clarifying distinctions into Frankfurt’s notion of BS. Finally, I close with a remark or two about the type of unfriendliness that I believe characterizes the type of untruthfulness I shall call BS.

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