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Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Philosophical Lexicon

8th ed. 1987, edited by Daniel Dennett

Some sample entries.
heidegger, n. A ponderous device for boring through thick layers of substance. "It's buried so deep we'll have to use a heidegger."
marcuse, v. To criticize vehemently from a Marxist perspective. "Je marcuse!" - J. P. Sartre.
rawl, n. A fishing line, baited with a few apparently innocent intuitions about fairness, but capable of bringing in such big fish as Pareto optimality and God knows what else. "But some who use a rawl are only fitching." Hence rawl, v. "When he rawled that slender line in, I could hardly believe my eyes."

--Terrence Berres

1 comment:

  1. Ha, that's pretty good. I'd never heard of it before. Thanks for that.
    -Mark Brawner