Descartes on Spring Break


Tommy Maranges, AKA Philosophy Bro (@PhiloBro) has written a book. It’s a translation of Descartes’ Meditations. A translation into which language, you ask? Modern vernacular. Or, as the kids say, “as the kids say.”

His version starts off with:

HOLY SHIT FUCK ME, it feels like my eyeballs are going to explode. I barely remember shit and I lost my phone, I blew the entire Spring Break budget in one night and all I have to show for it is this fucking terrible hangover.

The author is on Spring Break, and the night before had mistook someone in a bar for his favorite lacrosse player, Paul Rabil.

The idea behind is volume is to have a traditional English translation and his version of the same part on facing pages. Something like this, I imagine:

philosophy bro meditations translation

(The left column is from here and the right is from a sample of Philosophy Bro’s manuscript.)

It’s funny. But is it just that, or is it also part of the future of philosophical outreach?

Maranges is raising money to publish his book. Here’s his promotional video.

You can contribute to the project at its Kickstarter site.

 

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