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  1. May 4, 2011

    This is a good reason why academic institutions should not downsize or eliminate their philosophy departments.

    • properdiscord #
      May 4, 2011

      It’s true. We must act now to prevent the death of philosophy.

  2. May 4, 2011


  3. Yvonne #
    May 5, 2011

    Jostein Gaarder eat your heart out. 😉

  4. May 6, 2011

    My favorite to date. Have you given these characters names yet?

    • properdiscord #
      May 6, 2011

      They’re like a sort of low-budget Socrates and Gorgias, although, let’s be clear, that doesn’t make me Plato.

      • May 6, 2011

        Well, maybe not so much low budget as “every man.”

  5. SW #
    May 7, 2011

    Playdough – not Plato. That about what my old philosophy professor was worth….

    All the hand wringing of today is just another way to get attention. Predicting the death of classical music is amusing, gets attention for awhile, and then some of us will just go back to Bach and Brahms, Dubussy and Duparc, Purcell and Britten — and someone will no doubt question why I left other composers off of my wee list. From what I can tell around the world, no death is actually anticipated, no post mortem planned, just lots of noise. Jolly noise. Brilliant noise.

    The demise of one label or perhaps an orchestra which misspent its budget and ran up too much debt is not proof that classical music will die. Rather it is proof that fads in financing and marketing are subject to the basic rules of economics.

    Classical music cannot obey laws of economics, anymore than painting, poetry, fine cuisine, and a thousand other things that make up ever-shifting culture. Someone somewhere sometime will whistle their “happy tune” without regard to the death certificate some academic somewhere is cobbling up, as we converse in writing.

    Hmm. Recent academic “discoveries” have included that Anna Magdalena actually wrote some of Bach’s music and similar delightful tidbits, all which can be clustered under the sad music department banner of “notice me!”

    I am ever so pleased that you have announced the possibility of a “death of philosophy.” Why not a “death of cooking” too? Ah, armageddon outta here….

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