Archive for category Just for Laughs

Doesn’t it make you stop and think?



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Philosophers – What you think we do, what we think we do, and what we do

A good one from Philosophy News:

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Happy Friday the 13th!

Find 13 things to smile about today.  Here’s some help:

Urban Dictionary: triskaidekaphilia.

Some people think Friday the 13th is unlucky.  I am not one of them.  My wife and I had our first (and only and ongoing without interruption) date (beginning) on Friday the 13th.

Looking for something to do today (which is not birding)? Maybe you could check out this movie.  (No, it’s not the horror film…).

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Philosopher’s Drinking Song (for my intro students)

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On Edmund Husserl, his name

This morning, as it happens, I am standing, puzzled, in the kitchen, with a little book set down before me. I am in the midst of one of those moments where the folly of my solitary undertaking takes hold of me and, on the verge of giving up, I fear I have finally found my master.

His name is Husserl, a name not often given to pets or to brands of chocolate, for the simple reason that it evokes something grave, daunting, and vaguely Prussian. But that is of little consolation. I believe that my fate has taught me, better than anyone, to resist the negative influences of world thought. Let me explain: if, thus far, you have imagined that the ugliness of ageing and conciergely widowhood have made a pitiful wretch of me, resigned to the lowliness of her fate – then you are truly lacking in imagination. I have withdrawn, to be sure, and refuse to fight. But within the safety of my own mind, there is no challenge I cannot accept. I may be indigent in name, position, and appearance, but in my own mind I am an unrivalled goddess.

Thus Edmund Husserl – and I have concluded that this is a name fit for vacuum cleaner bags – has been threatening the stability of my private Mount Olympus.

–the thoughts of Renée the concierge, from The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, pp. 53-4.

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Caputo and Marx (Groucho)

For getting in the mood to learn about John D. Caputo’s Against Ethics.

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The Big Bang Theory of the Gift (and Economy)

Jacques Derrida would be proud:

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