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All Bullshit and Lies? – Insincerity, Irresponsibility, and the Judgment of Untruthfulness - Oxford Scholarship Online
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All Bullshit and Lies?: Insincerity, Irresponsibility, and the Judgment of Untruthfulness

Chris Heffer


In a post-factual world in which claims are often held to be true only to the extent that they partisanly confirm one’s preexisting beliefs, this book asks the following crucial questions: How can one identify the many forms of untruthfulness in discourse? How can one know when their use is ethically wrong? How can one judge untruthfulness in the messiness of situated discourse? Drawing on pragmatics, philosophy, psychology, and law, All Bullshit and Lies? develops a comprehensive framework for analyzing untruthful discourse in situated context. The TRUST (Trust-Related Untruthfulness in Situa ... More

Keywords: untruthfulness, trust, insincerity, epistemic irresponsibility, bullshit, lying, misleading, withholding, dogma, discourse pathologies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190923280
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190923280.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Heffer, author
Reader in Linguistics in the School of English, Communication, and Philosophy, Cardiff University