Adventures in Ethics and Science

Including this question which, apparently, led a popular search engine to direct someone to this very blog:

Is philosophy tested on animals?

No. No, it isn’t.

(Actually, it’s not clear to me that all of it is tested on humans, either.)


  1. #1 becca
    November 5, 2009

    Google suggestions = love

    “is lady gaga a man?”

    “is p”
    “is pluto a planet?”

    “is ph”
    “is pho healthy?”

    “is phi”
    “is philosophy a science?”

    “is phil”
    “is philosophy dangerous?”

    I, for one, would like to know the answer to each of these questions.

    Sadly, “Does Philosophy test on animals?” is on Yahoo! Answers, and appears to refer to a Philosophy Skin Care company. That is much less fun. However, teh internets (specifically, does tell me in response to the last question “it kills you” (source unknown).

  2. #2 --bill
    November 5, 2009

    but natural philosophy was (vivisection experiments in the 1600’s, for example). so when did `natural philosophy’ stop being `philosophy’?

  3. #3 tbell1
    November 5, 2009

    There’s always someone putting Descartes before the horse… Tested on animals? it’s even practiced by them..
    Surely you’ve heard of the Spinozazoans. And pigs?–Baconians all. Then there’s the famous bactrian existentialist Albert Camel. Also, there are some tasty philosophical dishes directly resulting from the testing of philosophy on animals. Chicken Parmenides, and Braised Pascal come to mind.

  4. #4 arvind
    November 5, 2009

    I tested philosophy on animals many times. It just makes them testy. The animals in question were human though. 🙂

  5. #5 katydid13
    November 5, 2009

    My cat ignores me when I start talking philosophy. Does that mean it’s test on him? Of course he tends to ignore talking if you are not petting him.

  6. #6 PalMD
    November 5, 2009

    Is Pho healthy? I sure hope so! Oh, and if anyone knows a good place for Pho near Pasadena, let me know!

  7. #7 chezjake
    November 5, 2009

    There’s no need to test philosophy on animals, it has been tested for years on another lesser species — students.

    Philosophy, in theory, is mostly harmless; in application, it may lead to revolutions or other forms of dizziness. May cause drowsiness.

  8. #8 idlemind
    November 6, 2009

    (Actually, it’s not clear to me that all of it is tested on humans, either.)

    And thank goodness for that…

  9. #9 Coturnix
    November 7, 2009

    I thought that the Pig Who Wants To Be Eaten filled out some questionnaires, right?

  10. #10 Erin
    January 21, 2010

    btw, ‘philosophy’ is a brand of skincare products. but yes, the question is funny 🙂

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