Monday, April 2, 2007

Philosophers Reveal Why The Chicken Crossed The Road

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – If you think the punchline to the old joke, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” is “To get to the other side,” you get an “F” in philosophy.

That’s the philosophy of Joey Green, author of The Bathroom Professor: Philosophy On The Go (Running Press), who believes different philosophers would each have a different answer to “Why did the chicken cross the road.”

For instance, he thinks Socrates would say, “Because a road unexamined is not worth crossing,” while Francis Bacon might respond “To free itself from the shackles of conventional beliefs.”

Meanwhile, 18th century philosopher David Hume would say, “We cannot be certain if the chicken or the road physically exist, but if they do, the chicken desired to cross the road.”

Friedrich Nietzche might claim the chicken “was driven by the will to power,” and Jean-Paul Sartre would simply insist “the chicken is absurd.”

Finally, Green says that if Albert Camus was asked “Why did the chicken cross the road?” he would respond: “It is of no consequence.”

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