What is it about them philosophers?

Voltaire and Diderot at the Cafe Procope

Do philosophers today

know what they say;

or do they conspire

to make us tire

of frumpery and fog,

to feel like a cog

and slip a gear

from some primal fear

that every word

is genuinely dear

—or simply absurd?

– RDG

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About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

4 Responses to What is it about them philosophers?

  1. Doug Geivett says:

    Funny how that happens, isn’t it, Kathy?

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  2. Kathy says:

    As I read and re-read your poem carefully searching for its meaning, I realized I was doing exactly what you were saying, “from some primal fear that every word is genuinely dear.” You are one of the philosophers today, who “know what they say.”

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  3. slpmartin says:

    I some times think that philosophers and psychologists are busy trying to justify their profession by being as you say ‘simply absurd’ in the hopes no one will notice all the blarney. 😉

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  4. Doug Geivett says:

    “frumpery” is “not a valid Scrabble word,” it says here. Too bad.

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