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Mon Aug 03 2020

Books: All Bullshit and Lies?: Heffer

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Date: 27-Jul-2020
From: Oxford University Press <>
Subject: All Bullshit and Lies?: Heffer
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Title: All Bullshit and Lies?
Subtitle: Insincerity, Irresponsibility, and the Judgment of Untruthfulness
Published: 2020
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Author: Chris Heffer
Paperback: ISBN: 9780190923297 Pages: 352 Price: U.S. $ 29.95

Drawing on pragmatics, philosophy, psychology, and law, "All Bullshit and Lies?" develops a comprehensive framework for analyzing untruthful discourse in situated context. TRUST, or Trust-related Untruthfulness in Situated Text, sees untruthfulness as encompassing not only deliberate manipulations of what is believed to be true (the insincerity of withholding, misleading, and lying) but also the distortions that arise from an irresponsible attitude towards the truth (dogma, distortion, and bullshit). Chris Heffer discusses times when truth is not.

In "All Bullshit and Lies?" Chris Heffer turns a critical eye to fundamental questions of truthfulness and trust in our society. This timely and interdisciplinary investigation of discourse provides readers a deeper theoretical understanding of untruthfulness in a postfactual world.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng)

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