Abstract

Harry Frankfurt defines bullshit as the misrepresentation of reality that remains different from lying because, contrary to the liar, the “bullshitter” does not try to deceive. The question, in the realm of art, is whether kitsch overlaps with bullshit as a sort of “aesthetic bullshit” or if there are differences between bullshit as a predominantly ethical phenomenon and kitsch, which works more with categories such as pleasure and indulgence. I will show that, given bullshit’s intrinsic link with the technique of embellishment, bullshit is as much at home in the realm of aesthetics as in the realm of ethics.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-329X
Print ISSN
0190-0013
Pages
pp. 305-321
Launched on MUSE
2016-04-28
Open Access
No
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