Ten underappreciated philosophers of the Islamic World

On August 27th 2016, OUP published a list of 10 underappreciated philosophers of the Islamic World. The list is not readable on mobile phones (mine at least) and for this reason has been reproduced below. It was compiled by Peter Adamson, who is the author of Philosophy in the Islamic World. The philosophical contribution of Islamic culture often goes unacknowledged, and when it is recognized, it is often reduced to a discussion of Islamic influence on European […]

Friedrich Nietzsche and Lou von Salomé, the myth of marriage proposals

The following is not really a paradox as such, but rather falls into the category that I call ‘philosophy gossip’. It could still be thought of as a paradox, but then in the Greek sense of the word – something that is “contrary to common belief”. There is also a double paradox that is the result of the following analysis; though my primary aim here is to shed some light on a historical misrepresentation that […]

Philosophy jokes – part 3 (Why did the chicken cross the road?)

Adams, Douglas: Forty-two. Aristotle: To actualize its potential. Blake, William: To see heaven in a wild fowl. Buddha: If you ask this question, you deny your own chicken-nature. Chaucer, Geoffrey: So priketh hem nature in hir corages. Constable: To get a better view. Cosell, Howard: It may very well have been one of the most astonishing events to grace the annals of history.  An historic, unprecedented avian biped with the temerity to attempt such an herculean achievement formerly relegated to homo […]

Philosophy jokes – part 2 (therefore p)

Anselm: I can entertain an idea of the most perfect state of affairs inconsistent with not-p. If this state of affairs does not obtain then it is less than perfect, for an obtaining state of affairs is better than a non-obtaining one; so the state of affairs inconsistent with not-p obtains; therefore it is proved, etc. Brandom: Sellars has established to McDowell’s and my satisfaction that p. Therefore p. Brandom (alternative): Sellars argues that p. […]

Philosophy jokes – part 1 (random)

Some philosophy jokes I have gathered online. Enjoy! See also philosophy jokes part 2 (therefore p) and part 3 (why did the chicken cross the road?) Dean to the physics department: “Why do I always have to give you guys so much money, for laboratories and expensive equipment, continuous research, etc. Why couldn’t you be like the math department – all they need is money for pencils, paper and waste-paper baskets. Or even better, like the […]

The ‘history repeats itself’ paradox – part 1

The popularized proverb ‘history repeats itself’ is somehow paradoxical. On the one hand, most if not all states in the world teach history in progressive terms (i.e. as linear); yet, majority of people actually believe that history repeats itself. How is that possible? We can put the question somewhat differently: If history repeats itself, we should be able to avoid the mistakes from the past; but we do not – and hence we say that history […]

Ship of Theseus paradox

Imagine a ship made of wood. It is so old that each part has undergone some change. All the planks have been replaced; in fact, every single aspect has been replaced. The question many philosophers have bent their heads over, is whether this remains the same ship, and not in a boring philosophical way of what sameness means…. There are many variations to this paradox. Though technically speaking, this is not really a paradox yet, […]

A poor attempt at a joke

A philosopher walks into a bar and asks for the bill. The bartender looks at him in some surprise and say, “but you haven’t ordered yet.” To which the philosopher replies, “you are all blind in not seeing our existence is but a mere debt.” He walks out in regret that it wasn’t that easy.   Not really a paradox, not really funny either, but this philosopher is certainly Christian. [Ok, this was my first […]