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Short and Sweet,
This review is from: On Bullshit (Hardcover)
I got this book after seeing Prof. Frankfurt on the Daily Show with John Stewart. Having a bachelors degree in philosophy I was intrigued. Here are some of my observations:
1) This book is not traditionally funny. If you are looking for a joke book get one, this is a work of philosophy and as such has a degree of intellectual humor. Some of the observations and comments are funny but overall this is not a joke book, rather it is designed with a specific philosophical purpose... (he's an "ivy league" Philosophy Professor and published by Princeton)
2) Very short but to the point. I read the whole book in less than an hour. That being said there is a lot of content which deserves meaningful reflection... its one of those books that you will probably end up going "ahhh haaa" at least at one point.
3) Inexpensive. Its under ten bucks... some may say that its pricey for such a small book but if you enjoy it, whose to say what the intrinsic value will be to you down the road.
4) Warning... this is not the most complex or even dense piece of philosophy. Certainly its not like reading Hegel or another "headache philosopher" but this is a work of philosphy. As long as you know that going into this there should be no problems. A friend of mine read this book thinking it would be comical and fun, almost expecting jokes and punch-lines... he was disappointed.
The last thing I will say is that I really enjoyed the book and I can imagine many people really reading this book a couple of times and really liking it. I am already recommending it to some of my friends and lawschool professors... If you do decide to buy this book... ENJOY!
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Initial post: Mar 2, 2007 12:39:43 AM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2007 8:06:41 AM PDT
Conan the Librarian says:
svigos... you are undoubtedly aware of the cliche, 'People in glass houses etc ...' Check your comment. You quoted the reviewer as having written 'its one of those of books'. You inserted one 'of' too many, I believe. I suggest you review and edit your own writing before chastising others.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2008 7:25:39 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 16, 2008 7:30:23 PM PDT
Luis Eduard says:
Svigos is right. The above reviewer made some serious spelling errors. If one is going to take the trouble to review a book on Amazon, the least he/she can do is use both a dictionary and stylebook. BA in philosophy? Maybe a degree in ENGLISH would have been better in this case.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2008 9:19:59 PM PDT
Mr. Eduard, perhaps you haven't noticed (since you're too busy being pretentious) that English departments do not teach grammar. It is enough that one takes the time to even provide a review at all. Insisting that they treat the review as having to meet strict requirements of perfect spelling and grammatical structure is a bit overkill--this is Amazon, not the univeristy. Besides, you should just stick to your ad hominum circumstantial, and continue with your pejorative remarks about the reviewer having a philosophy degree. By the way, "he/she" is not a grammatical construction; it is a politically correct doppleganger.
Posted on Feb 10, 2009 10:00:02 AM PST
Primo Rodriguez Perez says:
it should be requierd reading in the legal profession.
Posted on Aug 27, 2011 3:22:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 27, 2011 3:23:51 AM PDT
B. Tweed DeLions says:
Man! I had a lengthy comment all typed out, but it was deleted because of the word bull****!
LOL. The word can be in the title of the book, but not in comments.
LOL. Oh well, I'll come back later when I have more time. Meanwhile, take it as a warning. Don't make my mistake. Don't put the word **** in your comment or it will be lost, and all your thought and typing will be have been for nothing.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 5, 2016 11:51:41 AM PST
Ian H. Lovelace says:
Is 'he/she' politically correct? Or is it simply a way of addressing a reviewer whose gender is unknown without assuming a default gender?
Posted on Jun 24, 2016 5:00:48 PM PDT
This thread is the epitome of bull****.
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