Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Public Philosophy

[Scene: A smoky dive bar filled with hipsters. A young woman asks the young man next to her for a quarter....]

Young Man (anxiously searching his hipster bag): I know I have a bunch of quarters... I think have a quarter...

Young Woman (annoyed): C'mon.... Jeez....

Drunk Philosopher (to Young Man): If you know that you have a bunch of quarters, it follows that you have a quarter.

Young Man: Huh?

Young Woman (to Young Man): What did that guy say to you? Whatever. Let's go....

[The couple leaves together.]

The one thing "public philosophy" is good for: getting other people laid.

6 comments:

Paul Gowder said...

If I buy the drinks, will you be my wingman? I promise to feed you lots of softball lines that you can use to do public philosophy.

Bandersnatch said...

Of course, if one's obligation is to maximize the General Coitus, this speaks well of public philosophy.

Anonymous said...

Why would you think that the drunk philosopher’s comment was an example of public philosophy? The young man expressed (to someone else) that he was certain that he had a bunch of quarters and he then came to realize that his certainty was probably misplaced. The drunk philosopher then pointed out something that the man was already aware of (that his certainty was misplaced), rubbing it in that the man had been mistaken. Seems to me that what the drunk philosopher was doing was being a dick, not doing philosophy.

Anonymous said...

What we have here is a failure to take the pragmatics into account...

MK said...

Anon 8:13: Drunken public philosophy and being a dick are different only in degree, not in kind.

PA said...

@ MK: I would say that drunken public philosophy is one way of being a dick (perhaps the best way). Sober public philosophy, in contrast, is often (not always) erroneously mistaken for a species of dickishness.