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I am a professor of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego.
I am a professor of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego.

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In the Republican Presidential debate on Tuesday, November 10, Senator Marco Rubio said: "Welders make more money than philosophers.  We need more welders and less philosophers."  Senator Rubio might have learned from reading Plato that politicians often pl...
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JACQUES DERRIDA (1930-2004) “To signify, language is
needed, But signs have all been
superseded. All presence is absence, And absence is non-sense: In selling this crap I've succeeded."
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WILFRID SELLARS (1912-1989) I’m down with my man, Wilfrid
Sellars, He’s one of those cool
Pittsburgh fellars, Just totally driven To junk what he’s given: He's one of the great myth dispellars.
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DONALD DAVIDSON (1917-2003) With that grand Davidsonian
flair It was Donald who said, “Don’t
despair! When you meet someone new And they’re talking to you, Just assume that there's some thing up there."
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GOTTLOB FREGE (1848-1925) “You all have to read my Begriffsschrift , Post Kant it should bring you
great uplift. The symbols are crazy And all oopsydaisy, It's logic's remarkable Boole-shift."
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WILLARD
VAN ORMAN QUINE (by Warren Goldfarb) Van
Quine thought that meaning is dead It’s
not just that it ain’t in the head You
can translate one way But
there’s always much play In construing what others have said Note: Warren Goldfarb, prosodist extraordi...
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AND ONE FINAL META-LIMERICK That iambic pentameter’s
cool, Had to learn it in primary
school. But trimeter’s the best When the foot’s anapest: In great poetry limericks rule.
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DAVID BRINK I’m a fan of the great David
Brink, In defense of the just he
won’t blink. No matter the season He listens to reason: Before acting, it's better to think.
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FRANCES MYRNA KAMM I’m in awe of the great Frances
Kamm, She’s the intricate cases
grandam. If a runaway tram Starts a wham bam slam jam, Lazy Susan will just have to scram.
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PETER SINGER Pay heed to that sharp Peter
Singer, The great consequentialist
ringer. If you save that poor kid You’ll be glad that you did: In striving for good, don't malinger.
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