Tuesday, April 04, 2006

History of the Philosophy Club?

A few days ago I was think about a poster for the club, something that would include: "Corrupting the Youth of Newcastle Since..." (plus a picture of a youth being 'corrupted', whatever that looks like). It was then that I realised that I had no idea how long we had been corrupting these so-called youths.

So if anyone who frequents this site has any information on this, or any ideas on where to start or who to ask, I'd be very happy to hear them. We could compile a comprehensive history, replete with anecdotes and disagreements. (What we will probably end up with is philosophical equivalent of He Died With a Felafel in His Hand. )

6 comments:

Zig said...

Let me once more offer my services in the creation of such a mind-altering piece of graphical subversion.

Samuel Douglas said...

No problem, but first we need the actual content. And I'm not sure how 'graphical' it is going to be.

Subversion? It's a nice thought (especially after seeing V for Vendetta)but personally I'm not sure if subversion is possible any more. Even if it was, I'm not sure that any of us are capable of it. Yeah some of us wear black (or really bad non-black shirts), and we talk alot of shit, I'm sure the government is shaking in its boots. I don't think we have earned the right to call ourselves, or any of our publications 'subversive'.

Zig said...

When I say subversive I mean more along the lines of 'encouraging' people to think about things they wouldn't normally think about, subversive in more social sense. Heck, if we wanted to get all government-subverty then we'd be those grubby looking socialist types on campus. Pass.

On a side note I am a strong advocate of the Principia Discordia and all that it entails.

Pete said...

What the f*#% is all this crap about the principia discordia??!! I'm sure you feel really smug hiding behind it's claims, "nothing is absolutely true", "my presence is actually my absence", "I'm so stupid I'm smart", etc....

Just bear in mind that some of us are hear to do some real philosophy. And also ask yourself the question, "if pushing an anti-government subversive line makes you a socialist, then what does pushing a particular text make you?"

Zig said...

As usual I stand corrected, pushing a text probably makes me far worse. As far as the actual content goes i'm in it for the humour and bizarre-ness, that is to say completely devoid of any smugness or delusion of any sort of high ground. When it all comes down to it taking its 'philosophy' seriously would be a feat of ignorance. As this 'real philosophy' what is it and where can I learn its rules and regulations?

Virtualprimate said...

Hehe... Real philosophy? Never heard of it either? Go figure.

As for the principia... true its a bit disjointed ain't it, what with its contradictions and unfinished rambles, its hardly academically rigorous!... but then really if it took itself seriously then it would contradict itself immediately! (the funny thing is that being contradictory is itself perfectly compatible with discord... hail Eris) Personnally i think it stands as a warning to not take ideas and theories, especially religious ones, too seriously. Its like comic relief for philosophers and religious devotee's and in that regard it is quite a cleverly constructed little book. It certainly doesn't replace academic rigor! but the academic stiff upper lip does need the piss taken out of it like anything else. Otherwise people start making claims about what constitutes 'real' philosphy for instance.

"In the beginning was the word and it was written by a Baboon" - Principia Discordia.