Philosopher, Bucks County Native Remembered for His Profanity-Titled Book on Lies

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The writer was a professor at Princeton University for many years.

A writer from Bucks County wrote one of the most popular books of philosophy in recent memory, in part thanks to its eye-catching title. Michael S. Rosenwald wrote about the writer and his book for The Washington Post.

Langhorne native Harry G. Frankfurt, who taught philosophy at Princeton University from 1990 to 2002, passed away on July 16 at the age of 94. During his long career, he also taught at Yale University, Rockefeller University, and Ohio State University.

Considered an expert in his field, Frankfurt garnered international acclaim with the publication of his 2005 philosophical work, “On B*******”, which discussed the context of the much-used swear word when it comes to the both the philosophy and psychology of lying.

For many, the title alone made it a success, with many buying to find out the authors thoughts on this type of lying.

“The essence of bull—- is that the person who produces it doesn’t really care whether what he’s saying is true or false,” he once said at the Miami Book Fair. “He’s not engaged in the enterprise of conveying information or in deceiving people.”

Learn more about Frankfurt in The Washington Post.


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