[ExI] Aristotle on trolling

Anders Sandberg anders at aleph.se
Mon May 9 19:07:07 UTC 2016

On 2016-05-08 21:08, William Flynn Wallace wrote:
> I am reminded of Frankfurt's classic "On bullshit":
> http://www.stoa.org.uk/topics/bullshit/pdf/on-bullshit.pdf
> I am not sure what this is - perhaps the author's summer?.  I have the 
> book, available from Amazon, and it's 67 pages.

It has been published in at least three different forms. The book is 
probably the most common, but I did not find it online.

The Swedish humorist Tage Danielsson wrote an independent and brilliant 
precursor, "Grallimatik" (1966) where he argues that most talking is not 
about communicating information, but simply social status games and nice 
sounds. So he outlines a grammar, semantics and style guide for vacuous 
talking. It is a hilarious satire, but actually making Frankfurt's point 
decades earlier. Nothing new under the sun, as Aristotle tweeted.

Anders Sandberg
Future of Humanity Institute
Oxford Martin School
Oxford University

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