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
7 years ago

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

Larisa
Larisa
7 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!Report

Daniel
Daniel
7 years ago

Hates
Ungrounded
Metaphysical
ExplanationReport

Larisa
Larisa
7 years ago

Trying Quine again:

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

Molly Gardner
7 years ago

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

S.H.
S.H.
7 years ago

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

Alan
Alan
7 years ago

Paraconsistency
Really
Is
Everything
Subsuming
ThoughtReport

ayt.
ayt.
7 years ago

Groups
Incur
Liability
By
Eschewing
Rejection (of)
Tradition.

or,

Gathered
Individuals
Licensing
Belief
Equals
Responsible
TogetherReport

David Boonin
David Boonin
7 years ago

Karl
Advocated
Revolution:
Let
Masses
Allied
Run
Xerox!Report

Jon Trerise
Jon Trerise
7 years ago

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

David Boonin
David Boonin
7 years ago

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

lucas0ferreira
7 years ago

Consciousness
Hard
At
Locating:
Mind
Escapes
Reduction/
Scrutability.Report

justinrweinberg
7 years ago

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

Alan
Alan
7 years ago

With
His
Indomitable
Thinking
Events
Have
Every
Allocated
DominionReport