Truth, Lies and Bullshit

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Truth, Lies and Bullshit

Spring 2019

Taught By: Zed Adams

Section: A

CRN: 6933

Credits: 4

In his classic essay “On Bullshit,” Harry Frankfurt argues that bullshit arises from a failure to care about the truth. But what, if anything, is “the truth” and why should we care about it? In this course, we will critically evaluate a variety of different forms of skepticism about the very idea of truth, from ancient Greek sophists to contemporary American politicians. We will also look at a number of ways in which philosophers have theorized about the idea of truth, as well as why some have thought that a concern for the truth is an essential part of the good life.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:51pm 5/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 904

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/9/2019