Halloween Costumes of Famous Philosophers


Happy Halloween! If well-known philosophers were to dress up for Halloween in what they’d think are scary costumes, what would their costumes be?

To get the pumpkin rolling…

Kant: a murderer at a door

Hume: backgammon set with missing checkers and no dice

Heraclitus: the same thing as last year

Readers?

Murderer at the Door Costume (JW)

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Alfred MacDonald
Alfred MacDonald
2 years ago

Wittgenstein: Scrabble

Wittgenstein after 12am: Sexy ScrabbleReport

Max DuBoff
Max DuBoff
2 years ago

David Benatar: a baby
Plato: a sophist
Epicurus: Donald Trump
Descartes: a demon no less powerful than evil
Zeno of Elea: a finish lineReport

Antoinette
Antoinette
Reply to  Max DuBoff
2 years ago

Nietzsche – the corpse of God
Kierkegaard – Knight of ? ( no one can tell which Knight he is)
Frege – the number 2. Or the letter A. Maybe both?Report

Kris McDaniel
Kris McDaniel
Reply to  Justin Weinberg
2 years ago

Frege is going as the concept Horse.Report

Taylor
Taylor
2 years ago

Quine: the merely possible fat man in the doorwayReport

David Wallace
David Wallace
Reply to  Taylor
2 years ago

Dennett: something behaviorally identical to a monster, but that isn’t a monsterReport

Dien
Dien
Reply to  Taylor
2 years ago

Rabbit slices!Report

Pete Mandik
Pete Mandik
2 years ago

David Lewis: A giant hovering eyeball, staring incredulouslyReport

Michael
Michael
Reply to  Pete Mandik
2 years ago

Also:
David Lewis: a donkey partReport

Matt
Matt
Reply to  Michael
2 years ago

Also:
David Lewis: a Meinongian incomplete cat.Report

Danny Weltman
2 years ago

Robert Nozick: Wilt Chamberlain

John Rawls: a veil with “ignorance” written on it

GA Cohen: someone outfitted for a camping trip

Hobbes: a sword, a crosier, and a bunch of small dolls glued to one’s shirt

Thomas Nagel: a bat

Derek Parfit: a hospital gown and a dotted line drawn down the middle of one’s forehead

Shulamith Firestone: an artificial womb with a baby doll inside

Mary Midgley: a samurai sword

Emmanuel Levinas: either of the main characters from Face/Off

Martha Nussbaum: cover yourself up like the person on the cover of Hiding from Humanity

bell hooks: a bell and some hooks

Terence Horgan and Mark Timmons: a glass of water labeled “twater”

David Lewis: whatever you can possibly wear

Garret Hardin: a lifeboat passenger: life jacket, missing a shoe, whatever

Peter Singer: wet clothes and a baby dollReport

Danny Weltman
Reply to  Danny Weltman
2 years ago

It has been pointed out to me that I failed to read the prompt clearly: I missed the part about costumes that the philosophers would find scary. My mistake! Hopefully someone finds these costume ideas useful for this Halloween or the future, though!Report

Max DuBoff
Max DuBoff
2 years ago

David Chalmers: philosophical zombieReport

Danny Weltman
2 years ago

Ibn Sina: clear platform shoes so it looks like you’re hanging in the air

William Molyneaux: a sphere, a cube, and a blindfold

Bertrand Russell: a barber offering to shave anyone who doesn’t shave themselves

Saul Kripke: Cicero, with a name tag that reads “Sully”

Richard Rorty: a philosophy book and a mirror covered with twigs and leaves and other natural things

John Corvino: a same-sex couple (couple’s costume idea)

Albert Camus: a rock to push around

Jon Elster: Ulysses tied to a mast, or a fox with a cluster of grapes

David Enoch: a bowl of spinach

Bernard Suits: a grasshopper

Charles Mills and Carole Pateman: two people, each with one half of a ripped contract (couple’s costume idea)

Ronald Dworkin: a hedgehog

Ronald Dworkin: clamshells, and a bundle of goodsReport

Danny Weltman
Reply to  Danny Weltman
2 years ago

Sorry, a name tag that reads TULLY. If you want to be Tom Hanks in that Clint Eastwood movie you need the Sully name tag.Report

nicholesuomi
Reply to  Danny Weltman
2 years ago

Another option for Camus: Sisyphus sadReport

Daniel Kaufman
2 years ago

Jerry Fodor — His grandmother
Peter Singer — A Bengali refugee
Saul Kripke — An un-elected Richard Nixon
Quine — A rabbit, with outlines delineating all of its partsReport

Jordan
Jordan
2 years ago

Hegel — an owl, but he definitely waits until dusk to start trick-or-treating
Heidegger — a broken hammer
Socrates — lots of options (gadfly, torpedo fish, midwife, etc.)Report

Sam
Sam
2 years ago

Aquinas: an ox
Leibniz: a plastic bubble ball
Berkeley: a cartoon thought bubble
Hempel: a ravenReport

Christopher Hitchcock
Christopher Hitchcock
Reply to  Sam
2 years ago

For Hempel, a flagpole would be scarierReport

Christopher Hitchcock
Christopher Hitchcock
2 years ago

Plato: The form of a halloween costume
Ockham: Barber
Hobbes: Something nasty, brutish, and short
Berkeley: The ghost of a departed quantity
Hume: The missing shade of boo
McTaggart: Clock (or maybe a tombstone with a picture of clock on it…)
Russell: Flying teapotReport

Matt
Reply to  Christopher Hitchcock
2 years ago

“Hobbes: Something nasty, brutish, and short”

So, a toddler?Report

gradstudent
gradstudent
2 years ago

Michael Otsuka: An oversized jumper made of human hair that he can’t give to his freezing friend
Jason Brennan: a hooligan with an “I voted” stickerReport

Pierre
Pierre
2 years ago

sartre would go as a lobsterReport

Regina
Regina
2 years ago

Or maybe Sartre would go as a chestnut tree on Boulevard Noir.Report

Jonathan Weisberg
Jonathan Weisberg
2 years ago

Richard Jeffrey: a flat prior.
Timothy Williamson: a flat posterior.Report

Christopher Hitchcock
Christopher Hitchcock
2 years ago

Buridan: A donkey. And no bag for candy.
Foot: A runaway trolley.
Laurie Paul: A vampireReport

Kevin Lee
Kevin Lee
2 years ago

Derrida as a pipe.Report

Louis
2 years ago

Rousseau’s scary costume would be Rodin’s ‘the thinker’.
(cf. “If nature destined us to be healthy, … the state of reflection is contrary to nature and … the man who meditates is a depraved animal.” — Discourse on Inequality)Report

Ed
Ed
2 years ago

Alvin Plantinga: The Son of the Great PumpkinReport

jj
jj
2 years ago

Scott Soames: Rigid Designator
Saul Kripke: Saul Kripke
Robert Brandom: John McDowell
John McDowell: Robert Brandom
Hegel: Synthesis of John McDowell and Robert Brandom
Kant: Nietzsche
Nietzsche: Oscar Wilde
Heidegger: Krampus
Krampus: Heidegger
McGinn: Leather Glove
Pogge: RonellReport

BB
BB
Reply to  jj
2 years ago

this is a tour de force!Report

Alan White
Alan White
2 years ago

Whitehead: a process server
AN Prior: a giant aspirin
van Inwagen: an interrobang
CL Stevenson: Donald TrumpReport

Eric
Eric
2 years ago

Phillippa Foot-a trolley carReport

Paolo
Paolo
2 years ago

Dennet: a kind off Frankenstein.Report

Pete Harrison
Pete Harrison
2 years ago

Feuerbach: the stomach of a lion.Report

Pedro
Pedro
2 years ago

Bernard Williams: botanical expeditionerReport

I'd vote for it
I'd vote for it
Reply to  Pedro
2 years ago

good name!

but really, BDubs should be: someone who is about to (a) have their memories and psychological dispositions erased, then (b) be implanted with the memories and psychological dispositions of someone else (who is in turn implanted with their own memories and psychological dispositions and given a million dollars in the bargain), and then (c) be tortured.Report

John Wilkins
John Wilkins
2 years ago

David Hull: An essential characterReport

Jj
Jj
2 years ago

Gordon Hull: echo chamberReport

Bob Kirkman
Bob Kirkman
2 years ago

Sorry to be late for the party! Here are some ideas for next year:
Hegel: a black cow on a dark night
Bentham: the Auto-Icon as it actually turned out (as opposed to how he might have imagined it)
Rousseau: a generous friend who offers help
Aristotle: a woman who is every bit as rational as a man (i.e., any given woman)
Locke: something, I know not whatReport

Bob Kirkman
Bob Kirkman
Reply to  Bob Kirkman
2 years ago

Wittgenstein: a lion who speaks perfect English (or German . . . or both!)
Hume: RousseauReport