Sneek Peek into Philosophy!

Greetings friends,

It’s been awhile since I updated the old blog here, so I decided to give you a little taste of the upcoming musical I am writing. This is the only song in the show which is a musical parody, but I thought it might help some of you study for your philosophy exams. If you don’t recognize the plagiarism, then by all means go watch the Pirates of Penzance, which features a very young Kevin Clein AND Angela Lansbury. What more could you want from a musical?

Anyhow, without further ado, here is the history of Western Philosophy in a catchy musical number:

Modern West Philosopher

I am the very model of a modern west philosopher
Most of them were learned men like clergy or astronomers
Following the path of western thought’s as hard as it appears
From continent to continent for I would say four thousand years

While Socrates was asking questions, Plato fought with Euphithro
said that God was dead, but Jefferson said we don’t know
Marx said we would kill each other for things that are edible
Freud said that we love our mothers with complexes Oedipal

Darwin said that we were monkeys, Ken Ham had to disagree
Calvin said that we all suffer from total depravity
Pascal was a betting man but Einstein said God don’t play dice
Confucius taught a bunch of ways that we can all be kind and nice

John Lock’s mind was a blank slate- a sort of stream of consciousness
Ockham’s razor, in debate, says when you can then do with less
Manipulating and deceptive, Machiavelli couldn’t be worse
Copernicus moved our sun to the center of the universe

Bertrand Russell said there was no life beyond what we exhume
He would prob’ly get along with Scottish skeptic David Hume
Tom Aquinas summed it up with Theological complete
Frank Bacon was a scientist but Bacon wound up frozen meat

Isaac Newton thought the study of physics was lots of fun
Thomas More thought his Utopia would be a Catholic one
Kant’s Critique was critical and told pure reason Take a Hike!
Erasmus was a humanist that Martin Luther didn’t like

Kierkegaard took leaps of faith to love a God he couldn’t see
Hobbes bestowed on politics his contract with society
Wittgenstein thought language games was how a word would get a life
Jean-Paul Sarte’s thing-in-itself was playing with a paper knife

Hegel taught that contradictions are both paths that we can take
Leibnitz thought the best possible world was this one God did make
Philosophy has been the hunt for any truth that we can find
I’m sure there’s more philosophers but right now no more come to mind!

Like all these men who are so often quoted and quite popular
I am the very model of a modern west philosopher



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