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The philosophy of getting away with it in politics

21 September, 2018

Boris Johnson

• ON the subject of Boris Johnson, philosopher Harry G Frankfurt once nailed it: “He is neither on the side of truth nor on the side of the false.

“His eye is not on the facts at all… except insofar as they may be pertinent to his interest in getting away with what he says.

“He does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly.

“He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose… bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies.” – HG Frankfurt: On Bullshit (2005).

St George’s Fields, W2


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