Philacronyms (Friday Fun)


This week’s Friday Fun comes courtesy of David Boonin (University of Colorado). Thank you, David, for your suggestion, and for inspiring others to send in their contributions to this occasional series (seriously, be inspired people, or this series may not last).

David writes, “The idea is to come up with a single sentence that summarizes the most important thing(s) you need to know about a particular philosopher where the first letter of each word, in order, spells the philosopher’s name.” He helpfully provides some excellent examples:

There’s
H20
At
Large
Everywhere
Simultaneously

Saying
Orations
Corrupted
Regular
Athenians,
They
Executed
Socrates

Thomas
Hobbes,
Observing
Man’s
Anarchistic
State,
Held
One
Basic
Belief:
Establish
Sovereign

So have at it, folks. I’ll begin with a tribute to the game’s creator:

Defends
Abortion,
Vanquishes
Incarceration,
Discusses
Blacks,
Onto
Offering
Non-
Identity
Negation

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Dani
Dani
10 years ago

Thinks
Humanity
Owes
Major
Arrears,
Since
Poverty’s
Onslaught
Grows
Globally
Endemic

Larisa
Larisa
10 years ago

Quintessentially
Uninterested
In
Non
Empiricism

Incidentally, it seems like now would be a good time to share my silly philosophy poems blog: philimericks.tumblr.com

Cheers!

Daniel
Daniel
10 years ago

Hates
Ungrounded
Metaphysical
Explanation

Larisa
Larisa
10 years ago

Trying Quine again:

With
Inventive
Logic
Looming,
Admitted
Revisability,
Denied
Valiant
Attempters
New
Operators.
Reviled
Meanings
As
Nonsense,
Quipping
Undeterred
In
Naturalistic
Expressions

Molly Gardner
10 years ago

If
My
Maxim
Achieves
No
Universalizable
End
Like
Killing,
Act
Not
Thusly.

S.H.
S.H.
10 years ago

Doubting
Existence
Shows
Cogito,
And
Reveals
Thinker’s
Existence
Surely

Alan
Alan
10 years ago

Paraconsistency
Really
Is
Everything
Subsuming
Thought

ayt.
ayt.
10 years ago

Groups
Incur
Liability
By
Eschewing
Rejection (of)
Tradition.

or,

Gathered
Individuals
Licensing
Belief
Equals
Responsible
Together

David Boonin
David Boonin
10 years ago

Karl
Advocated
Revolution:
Let
Masses
Allied
Run
Xerox!

Jon Trerise
10 years ago

Subjectivity,
Or
Reasonably
Edifying
Nonsense,
(An
Alternative
Belief
Yielding
Endeavor)
Keeps
Idiosyncratic,
Eccentric,
Religious
Kinds
Earnestly
Genuflecting.
An
Authentic
Religious
Dane

David Boonin
David Boonin
10 years ago

Judith
Uniquely
Developed
Ingenious
Tale
Helping
Justify
Abortion
Rights:
Violinist
Is
Sleeping;
The
Hospital’s
Oppressive;
Must
Stay?
Obviously
Not.

lucas0ferreira
10 years ago

Consciousness
Hard
At
Locating:
Mind
Escapes
Reduction/
Scrutability.

justinrweinberg
10 years ago

Justice
Obtains
How?
Neutralized
Representatives
Agree
With
Least-advantaged
Support

Alan
Alan
10 years ago

With
His
Indomitable
Thinking
Events
Have
Every
Allocated
Dominion