What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a philosopher?
Answer: An offer you can't understand.
What is a recent philosophy Ph.D.'s usual question in his
or her first job?
Answer: "Would you like french fries with that, sir?"
you put two philosophers in a room, you get two opinions,
unless one of them is Eddy Zemach, in which case you get seven
Sartre is sitting at a French cafe, revising his draft of
Being and Nothingness. He says to the waitress, "I'd
like a cup of coffee, please, with no cream." The waitress
replies, "I'm sorry, monsieur, but we're out of cream.
How about with no milk?"
boy is about to go on his first date, and is nervous about
what to talk about. He asks his father for advice. The father
replies: "My son, there are three subjects that always
work. These are food, family, and philosophy."
boy picks up his date and they go to a soda fountain. Ice
cream sodas in front of them, they stare at each other for
a long time, as the boy's nervousness builds. He remembers
his father's advice, and chooses the first topic. He asks
the girl: "Do you like potato pancakes?" She says
"No," and the silence returns.
a few more uncomfortable minutes, the boy thinks of his father's
suggestion and turns to the second item on the list. He asks,
"Do you have a brother?" Again, the girl says "No"
and there is silence once again.
boy then plays his last card. He thinks of his father's advice
and asks the girl the following question: "If you had
a brother, would he like potato pancakes?"
many philosophers does it take to replace a light bulb?
Three. One to change it, and two to argue over whether or
not the light bulb really exists.
many Zen Masters does it take to replace a light bulb?
Two. One to replace it, and one not to replace it.
many constructionist philosophers does it take to replace
a light bulb?
Two. One stands at one end of the room and argues that it
is not dark; the other one stands at the other end and says
that true light is impossible.
College Dean saying to the physics department, "Why do
I always have to give you guys so much money for laboratories
and expensive equipment. 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 philosophy department
-- all they need are pencils and paper."
philosopher went into a closet for ten years to contemplate
the question, What is life?
When he came out, he went into the street and met an old colleague,
who asked him where in heaven's name he had been all those
"In a closet," he replied. "I wanted to know
what life really is."
His colleague asked, "And have you found an answer?"
"Yes," he replied. "I think it can best be
expressed by saying that life is like a bridge."
"That's all well and good," replied the colleague,
"but can you be a little more explicit? Can you tell
me how life is like a bridge?"
"Oh," replied the philosopher after some thought,
"maybe you're right; perhaps life is not like a bridge."