[Marxism] A Major Intellectual Breakthrough of the Twenty-First Century!!!!

Sebastian Budgen sebastian at amadeobordiga.u-net.com
Sun Oct 30 09:20:03 MST 2005

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> From: Costica Bradatan <bradatan at MAIL.H-NET.MSU.EDU>
> Date: October 30, 2005 4:19:35 PM CET
> Subject: Call for abstracts
> Reply-To: H-NET Intellectual History List <H-IDEAS at H-NET.MSU.EDU>
> With apologies for cross-postings:
> A Companion to Bullshit
> Call For Abstracts
> October 19,2005
> George Reisch and Gary Hardcastle (editors)
> Popular interest in bullshit might be approaching an all-time high.  
> It is
> reflected, for example, in Harry Frankfurt’s bestselling On Bullshit
> (Princeton, N.J.:  Princeton University Press, 2005) and Laura Penny’s
> spirited Your Call Is Very Important to Us (Crown, 2005), not to 
> mention
> the popular media’s eager response to these books.
> To philosophers, though, bullshit, and reflection upon it, is nothing 
> new.
>  Hobbes, Locke, Hume, and Kant, not to mention the French positivists 
> of
> the 19th century and the logical empiricists of the 20th, analyzed and
> critiqued speech and writing that they suspected was not merely void of
> content, but intended to distract, deceive, manipulate, or oppress.  
> And,
> as we know, they took their analyses and critiques to be central to 
> their
> philosophical projects.
> As a result, we have before us an occasion in which widespread popular
> attention is directed toward a topic with a rich philosophical history,
> and about which today’s professional philosophers have something to 
> say.
> We thus propose an edited volume of original reflections upon and 
> analyses
> of bullshit from epistemological, ethical, metaphysical, historical, 
> and
> political points of view.  A Companion to Bullshit will serve as a 
> guide
> and resource for the many who find bullshit worth thinking about and 
> will,
> moreover, provide a venue for philosophers to continue participating in
> this public discussion.
> Prospective contributors to A Companion to Bullshit are invited to 
> submit
> an abstract of up to 1000 words for a scholarly essay of 8,000-10,000
> words.  We encourage contributors to strive for high scholarly quality
> while writing for a broad educated audience.  We welcome any abstract 
> that
> engages the philosophical dimensions of bullshit, but we especially 
> seek
> contributions that take up one or more of the following questions:
> ¬       What is Bullshit?  Harry Frankfurt makes use of the tools and
> concepts of natural language philosophy to distinguish bullshit and 
> lying.
>  Many other philosophers have likewise offered definitions of bullshit,
> although with different tools and often by a different name.  Should 
> any
> of these conceptions be adopted?  Should the project be approached from
> different philosophical traditions, or abandoned altogether?  What
> sociological or psychological factors and circumstances, if any, might
> play a role in defining bullshit?
> ¬       What Does Bullshit Do?  Particular philosophical perspectives 
> or
> philosophical problems assign a particular function to bullshit.  What 
> are
> the advantages and disadvantages of these various points of view, and
> which is best?  Could bullshit be eliminated?  Ought it to be, if it
> could?
> ¬       Bullshit: Past and Future.  What is the relationship of 
> bullshit
> to philosophy and its history?  Does the popular fascination with 
> bullshit
> evidence some notable convergence of popular and philosophical goals 
> and
> values?  Or is it best understood as a temporary and recurring 
> interest or
> fashion?  Why now, precisely, has bullshit taken center stage in 
> popular
> culture?  And what might this say about philosophy’s place in popular
> culture?
> The editors are presently negotiating a contract with an established
> publisher of philosophy monographs, one that shares our vision of A
> Companion to Bullshit as a collection of serious essays that 
> nonetheless
> responds in a timely manner to this popular interest in bullshit.  In
> hopes that the volume will be published during the fall of 2006, please
> submit abstracts by December 1, 2005 to both George Reisch and Gary
> Hardcastle (reischg at georgereisch.com, ghardcas at bloomu.edu).
> Gary Hardcastle
> Department of Philosophy
> Executive Director, Institute for Culture and Society
> Bakeless Hall 217A
> Bloomsburg University
> Bloomsburg, PA  17815
> O:  (570) 389-4174
> Fax:  (570) 389-2094
> -- 
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> Costica Bradatan,
> H-Ideas Online Editor
> Miami University,
> Department of Philosophy
> http://www.users.muohio.edu/bradatc/
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