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  • Our use of language is subject to what is nowadays a particularly widespread ploy that Harry Frankfurt put down as "bullshitting". It involves very seriously talking nonsense, twaddle, poppycock, guff or hot air while pretending to describe or explain hard facts.

    Paul Amselek's book sets out to expose this ploy more specifically in philosophy. He illustrates the standard instances of "philosophical bullshit" setting up a smokescreen, ducking and weaving, doubling down, talking double-talk rife in the philosophy of law and ethics as well as the philosophy of science. Indeed it is in this last domain that an extravagant archaic discourse still reigns supreme and safe from criticism with respect to the scientific approach and the laws of science, which are still conceived along the lines of juridical laws without our being clearly aware of it. At the same time, it is an opportunity for the author to shed new or harsher light on some crucial philosophical issues such as value judgments, interpretive freedom or the classical problem of induction.

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