Friday, November 2, 2007

Squashed Philosophers

I enjoy philosophy, but I have found that lately my time available for philosophical reading has been a little crunched (can you say "two year old!"). I found the following website gives a condensed oversight of the history of "Western" philosophy (European and U.S.).

Of course, not everyone enjoys philosophy as much as I do, but come on, who could resist a twenty minute abridgement of Ludwig Wittgenstein's Tractatus! For those who like an even broader overview, there is a "very squashed" version that sums the philosopher's perspectives in a single page (if that isn't too much of a slight to a philosopher's life work!).


Mike Croghan said...

Immanuel Kant was a real pissant
Who was very rarely stable.

Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar
Who could think you under the table.

David Hume could out-consume
Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, [some versions have 'Schopenhauer and Hegel']

And Wittgenstein was a beery swine
Who was just as schloshed as Schlegel.

There's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya
'Bout the raising of the wrist.
Socrates, himself, was permanently pissed.

John Stuart Mill, of his own free will,
On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.

Plato, they say, could stick it away--
Half a crate of whisky every day.

Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle.
Hobbes was fond of his dram,

And René Descartes was a drunken fart.
'I drink, therefore I am.'

Yes, Socrates, himself, is particularly missed,
A lovely little thinker,
But a bugger when he's pissed.