October 12, 2007

The Mot Juste

Ryan North has always put a lot of philosophy into his comics -- see today for instance -- but this is notable not so much for the nice exposition of semantic externalism, but for Utahraptor's excellent epithet, "those hauntingly stupid chocochops you invented." "Hauntingly stupid" is exactly right.

Actually, I think success in philosophy can depend on inventing just the right hauntingly stupid example. Though I suppose it would be immodest to cite my own case (awaiting final revision anyway) of the planet shaped like a carambola.

Posted by Matt Weiner at October 12, 2007 09:12 AM
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