Adventures in Ethics and Science

The younger Free-Ride offspring’s soccer team has been playing in a regional tournament this weekend, and we’re girding our loins and guarding our shins to go out and play a second day of tournament games. I’m happy that they’re playing so well, but I have to say, watching games in late November is a different experience than spectating in mid-September. (Bone-chilling cold + bad sunburn = some kind of tangible sign of a parent’s devotion. If only one’s child took it seriously.)

Anyway, in the meantime, I wanted to test your knowledge in the identification of some turkeys.


Specifically, the turkeys currently adorning the door to my department’s main office.

Here they are one by one:

Philosopher #1


Caption: “Help, I’m alienated from myself! Proletariat turkeys.”

* * * * *

Philosopher #2


Caption: “Philosophers are not turkeys.”

* * * * *

Philosopher #3


Caption: “Gobble!”

* * * * *

Philosopher #4


Caption: “Follow me, students!”

* * * * *

Philosopher #5


Caption: “No! Follow me!”

* * * * *

Philosopher #6


Caption: “Happy Thanksgiving!”

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Leave your guesses in the comments (which I’ll approve when I’m back from the soccer pitch). The first one to correctly identify all six will win some sort of a prize (although undoubtedly a silly one).


  1. #1 Comrade PhysioProf
    November 22, 2009

    Dunno about those philostomophers, but I really love the multiple THIS OFFICE IS CLOSED BETWEEN 12 AND 1PM!!!! signs.

  2. #2 Catharine
    November 22, 2009

    1-Marx (I still love him!)

    They don’t pay me to clean up shit for nuthin!

  3. #3 Katharine
    November 22, 2009

    Marx, Nietzsche, Kant, two dudes I don’t know, and Schopenhauer.

    I’m tempted to say something to the effect of Bakunin and Schlegel, but I’m probably wrong.

  4. #4 Catharine
    November 23, 2009

    Dang! Did I get some wrong? Oh well, it has been over 20 yrs. Who am I kidding?

  5. #5 Janet D. Stemwedel
    November 23, 2009

    Catharine @2 nails all six.

    I’ll be emailing you about your prize shortly!

  6. #6 Catharine
    November 24, 2009


    I am disproportionately proud of myself!


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