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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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Philosophers are often the sources of great witticisms, some of which have been recorded here by Gerry Dworkin.

Also, imagine sitting down every day to the same rye-and-Swiss sandwich and saying, “Hot ziggety!”. And imagine at the same time that you are Ludwig Wittgenstein.



  1. source says:

    Wittgenstein was a master of the pithy comment, which makes this story credible and funny. Also, last night I had a dream that everyone in the world forgot about Wittgenstein but me, so I spent the rest of the dream trying to lead an academic crusade to get somebody to read his books. None of you were any help.


  2. Huenemann says:

    We certainly need to bring more Wittgenstein into our philosophy curriculum. Students are now graduating without having read any of his work (at least in classes); Chuck Johnson would be profoundly disappointed!


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