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Sunday 17 December 2017

Achtung Bono! Try studying works of Professor Frankfurt

U2 frontman entertained the EU elite this week with his brand of bullshit, writes Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

Have you met Professor Frankfurt? No? Well, let me introduce him. Professor Harry Frankfurt was born in 1929, graduated from Johns Hopkins University and taught moral philosophy at Yale, with a sideline in 17th Century rationalism. He later taught at Princeton University, where he's now, at the age of 84, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy.

Among Prof Frankfurt's works is a slim volume published in 2005 by Princeton University Press, titled On Bullshit. It's a philosophical examination of the preponderance in modern life of that form of bluster termed bullshit.

Speaking of which, we'll get to Bono later.

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