The series of brief audio clips by John Cleese on the value of philosophy is making the rounds again, this time courtesy of a post at Open Culture. The public service announcements were commissioned by the American Philosophical Association in 2000 in celebration of the organization’s 100th anniversary.
For example, here is Cleese on what philosophers do:
For those doubting whether Cleese knows enough about philosophy to qualify to speak on its behalf, well, he knew enough to make this pitch-perfect parody:
As great as Cleese is, younger generations don’t know him. Still, the idea of a celebrity spokesperson doing PSAs for philosophy is tempting. If the APA were to try to commission a new series of PSAs now, which celebrities should be among those they ask to do it?