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June 14, 2001
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The philosopher's first visit to the web might be a bit distressing: witness aesthetics.com, ontology.com, and epistemology.com...
posted by tweebiscuit (18 comments total)

 
A philosophy student friend of mine noted often with a certain bemusement that dotcom PR/"strategy" firms often advertized positions for "ontologists." (I think they needed someone to talk about "the semantic web," whose people throw "ontology" around alot. Or, they could be like my favorite PR firm--Quiddity--whose slogan was: That which makes a thing what it is.
posted by rschram at 8:39 AM on June 14, 2001


Aesthetics.com features the slogan "You. Only Better."

That was just instantly depressing.
posted by Skot at 8:59 AM on June 14, 2001


Not to mention hegel.com, socrates.com, schopenhauer.com and of course philosophy.com which includes sections on all major branches of philosophy.
posted by talos at 9:08 AM on June 14, 2001


For a good philosophy site, check TPM Online.

I checked schopenhauer.com too - looks like it's the same people as epistemology.com. kant.com is for sale... (and solipsism.com has a prominent link to the libertarians, which explains a lot ;-)
posted by andrew cooke at 9:13 AM on June 14, 2001


If you check Ontology.org you'll see part of why web strategists advertise of "Ontologists" -- it's a high-theoretical way that database and business-information-interchange experts talk about structuring knowledge for use in collaborative commerce environments.
posted by MattD at 9:19 AM on June 14, 2001


Well, and who would have thought suck.com led you to a daily commentary site?
posted by briank at 9:25 AM on June 14, 2001


Will not post the song from the "Bruce" sketch, Will not post the song from the "Bruce" sketch, Will not post the song from the "Bruce" sketch, Will not post the song from the "Bruce" sketch, Will not post the song from the "Bruce" sketch.........
posted by dong_resin at 9:41 AM on June 14, 2001


Aww, dammit, I guess I will.

Immanuel Kant was a real pissant
who was very rarely stable.
Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar
who could think you under the table.
David Hume could out consume
Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, (Other versions: "Shoppenhauer and Hegel")
And Wittgenstein was a beery swine
who was just as sloshed as Schlegel.

There's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya
'bout the raisin' of the wrist.
Socrates himself was permanently pissed.

John Stewart Mill, of his own free will,
after half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.
Plato, they say, could stick it away,
'alf a crate of whiskey every day!
Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle,
and Hobbes was fond of his Dram.
And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart:
"I drink, therefore I am."

Yes, Socrates himself is particularly missed;
A lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's pissed.

posted by jpoulos at 9:45 AM on June 14, 2001


Oh, the above from this Monty Python FAQ.
posted by jpoulos at 9:46 AM on June 14, 2001


it's a high-theoretical way that database and business-information-interchange experts talk about structuring knowledge for use in collaborative commerce environments.

Now that's thinking out of the box!
posted by jennyb at 9:55 AM on June 14, 2001


I think Hegel would be *very* cranky about the Flash at hegel.com. Not to mention the phrase "additives are added."
posted by gleuschk at 10:42 AM on June 14, 2001


Objectivism.org, however, is exactly what you'd expect... *sigh*
posted by tweebiscuit at 1:35 PM on June 14, 2001


why the sighing? i don't get it.
posted by jcterminal at 1:57 PM on June 14, 2001


That's rich. The Ayn Rand Institute. Maybe it should have a link to Irony.com. Of course, it's a RPG site. I have an internet connection, but no dice.
posted by john at 3:04 PM on June 14, 2001


Irony's been around since 1994-5 if I remember correctly -- I once played in one of their PBeMs in middle school, actually.
posted by tweebiscuit at 6:32 PM on June 14, 2001


And yes, their layout was exactly the same.
posted by tweebiscuit at 6:32 PM on June 14, 2001


Eidos. That's... just... wrong.
posted by moss at 6:42 PM on June 14, 2001


And jcterminal -- the sighing is because I personally feel Objectivism is one of the most ridiculous excuses for a "philosophy" that's ever been concocted. The name itself contradicts its doctrine.
posted by tweebiscuit at 6:44 PM on June 14, 2001


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