“Easter Eggs” in Academic Philosophy


Secret features or qualities, hidden messages, subtle references, often humorous—what’s come to be known as “Easter Eggs”—appear in various media, from video games, to movies to Apple’s Siri, to even some recent high profile resignation letters. What about in academic philosophy writings?

In your readings have you come across any secret, sly, subtle, or stuck-in-a-footnote messages worth bringing to wider attention?

I have an example in mind. I’ll post it after the weekend, but if someone mentions it in a comment before then they’ll win a $20 Amazon gift card. (See Update, below.)

(Prompt for this query: an old post at Academia Obscura.)

Easter Egg Zoetrope by Jiri Zemanek

 

UPDATE: In his “Puppies, Pigs, and People: Eating Meat and Marginal Cases,” Alastair Norcross invents “cocoamone,” a “hormone responsible for the experience of chocolate,” a version of which can be made by torturing puppies. He makes use of it in a few thought experiments, and at one point mentions that cocoamone production is Alabama’s leading industry. Here is that passage in the version available online at Philosophical Perspectives:

But that is a censored version of that passage. The original version, which had been widely circulated in a draft (and perhaps even available in some official published form) had an extra line, and a footnote. And it’s that footnote I had in mind as an example of an Easter Egg:

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