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Husserl Defends His Dissertation

Husserl, waking up hungover: "Crap, only an hour to go. What is a brilliant philosophy i can do at the last minute?"

Husserl: "Shit shit, I forgot to write my dissertation! "

Husserl: "Clocks? Time? Maybe how time goes too fast?"

Husserl: "No...inkwells? Are inkwells are a philosophy? I hate how i have to keep dipping my pen in. I hate how they look."

Husserl: "Wait, is that it...maybe looking at things can be a philosophy? Well, i don't have anything better, so..."

Husserl, in front of the dissertation committee: "Uh...so as you see, my revolutionary philosophy is merely concerned with how the inkwell appears to our minds."

Interviewer: "And how does it appear?"
Husserl: "It appears..."

Husserl: "...like an inkwell."
Interviewer 1: "Wow...it totally does. I never noticed that."
Interviewer 2: "Pretty good."

Interviewer: "But how do you deal with the metaphysics of how things are in themselves?"

Husserl: "Ahh, well here's the clever bit. I'm bracketing those questions."

Interviewer: "What do you mean? "
Husserl: "I'm ignoring them, since they don't matter to my project. It's only about looking at stuff."
Interviewer: "What about epistemology? How do we know any of this?"
Husserl: "Yeah I'm going to go ahead and have to bracket that too."

Interviewer 1: "What about morality?"
Interviewer 2: "Or Aesthetics?"
Interviewer 3: "Or the meaning of life?"

Husserl: "Bracketed, Bracketed, bracketed."

Interviewer: "Wow, okay, that is..."
Interviewer, shaking his hand: "...by far the greatest philosophy of all time. Congratulations!"
"Just one more question." "Sorry I've bracketted further questions." "Damn...he's good."

Edmond Husserl is credited with starting the philosophical field of "phenomenology", which is the study of how the world appears to us in our minds only. This means that he "brackets" questions of metaphysics (i.e. how the world truly is in itself), which of course also brackets questions like "how do we know what we are experiencing is true". This philosophy was extremely popular for a brief time, then everyone got tired of it and decided to be postmodernists.

Edmond Husserl is credited with starting the philosophical field of "phenomenology", which is the study of how the world appears to us in our minds only. This means that he "brackets" questions of metaphysics (i.e. how the world truly is in itself), which of course also brackets questions like "how do we know what we are experiencing is true". This philosophy was extremely popular for a brief time, then everyone got tired of it and decided to be postmodernists.

Philosophers in this comic: Edmund Husserl
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