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By George A. Reisch, Gary L. Hardcastle

Well known curiosity in bullshit — and its close to relative, truthiness — is at an all-time excessive, however the topic has a wealthy philosophical historical past, with Hobbes, Locke, Hume, and Kant all weighing in at the subject. right here, modern philosophers consider bullshit from epistemological, moral, metaphysical, old, and political issues of view. Tackling questions together with what's bullshit, what does it do, is it a passing fad, and will it ever be eradicated, the e-book is a advisor and source for the various who locate bullshit worthy puzzling over.

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In fact, many of the pipe collectors I know do not actually smoke pipes at all. For them, it is the thrill of the chase -and the beauty of Old World craftsmanship -- that keeps them enthusiastic about the hobby. The vast majority of chapters in this book are reprints of magazine articles that I have written since the early 1990s. Some are reprinted verbatim while others have been modified slightly to reflect my changing views. I wrote about the subjects that interested me, and there is no topic that has captured my imagination more than the artistic skill and craftsmanship of the individuals who make what I consider the most beautiful and best smoking pipes ever made -- but only after they have been modified to my precise specifications.

They are clearly rebelling against the Puritanism of the hard-core anti-smokers. The barrage of moralistic pronouncements, combined with a legislative stampede that is flirting with Prohibition, have encouraged many non-smokers and former cigarette smokers to take up cigars. It is a phenomenon that says a great deal about individualism and rebellion. It is also a statement of freedom to enjoy oneself because, to a real cigar smoker, there are few pleasures in life that can compare with a fine cigar.

5- PREFACE 12/20/04 11:27 AM Page 6 EUROPE From left to right, René Wagner of Tabak-Lädeli in Zurich, Switzerland, Jess Chonowitsch, me and Bo Nordh in Bo’s backyard near Malmö, Sweden. SOUTH AMERICA Relaxing on a park bench with Carole and a pipe in Santiago, Chile. -6- CHAPTER01 7/22/03 4:34 PM Page 7 CHAPTER ONE ~~~~~ PUT THAT IN YOUR PIPE The anti-smoking movement has continued to gather strength since this first chapter appeared as an article in Reason magazine in June 1994, and many of the restrictions that I feared, such as not being allowed to smoke in my office in Los Angeles, have been passed as laws.

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