On “Bullshit” by Robert Gibson

Submitted by nima on Sat, 10/09/2021 - 21:08
On “Bullshit” by Robert Gibson

Bullshit Summary:

In his essay “Bullshit” (2011), Robert Gibson argues that there is not enough attention to the meaning and usages of a vastly used word. The author starts by a short referring to another essay by Harry G. Frankfurt (2005), a professor of moral philosophy, who believes despite that bullshit is an important piece of our culture, there is no special attention to it. The author mentions the different words between truth and lies, which receive their own amount of attention because they are either irritating or harmless, but bullshit gets less attention because it is not so unpleasant nor clearly acts for truthfulness. Moreover, bullshit does not have a strong and long-lasting effect on its audience. It is usually an immediate end. There are different examples of bullshits, both from the present and the past, mostly in situations with conflict of interest between two or more sides. Although an old bullshit survivor, the fanatical fundamentalism, is a threat, it is less dangerous than post-modern bullshitters who serve the power and are trying to annihilate trustworthy communication and truthful understanding, or radical activists with bullshit ideas who want to win at all costs in the battle with the other bullshit parties. According to Frankfurt (On Truth), we should prevail over bullshit, which is a debilitating factor to have a sustainable advanced culture.


Bullshit meaning to me:

Bullshit means something nonsense and irrational to me, something which ignores or denies all the other possible aspects and insists on its own correctness irrationally.