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15 Guaranteed Ways To Offend a Philosophy Student

Philosophy students spend their days pondering the fundamental conditions of reality. So if you don’t want to offend them, you really shouldn’t do the following things.

1. Ask them why they decided to choose a subject with no clear job direction at the end.

As though spending £9,000 a year to learn about Metaphysics isn’t 100% worth the cost.

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2. Assume that they want to be a Priest.

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3. Or worse, that they must want to stay in education for the rest of their life.

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4. Make an assumption that all they do is read and criticise other people’s work.

Have you ever tried modal logic?

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5. Or that it must be so easy to get a first because in Philosophy there’s no right or wrong answer.

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6. Misquote a philosopher in your deep and emotional Facebook status.

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7. Confuse Philosophy with Religious Studies.

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8. Or with Psychology.

The only similarity is the spelling.

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9. Try to talk about the meaning of life with them as though they have all the answers.

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10. Ask them if their favourite movie is The Matrix.

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11. Or if they have a favourite philosopher.

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12. Read one of their course books out loud.

It isn’t a mystery novel.

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13. And then expect them to explain what you’ve just read.

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14. Make Philosophy related jokes as though you’re the first person to have ever thought of them.

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15. Or worst of all, disregard every thinker other than Plato and Socrates.

As if there haven’t been hundreds of other very significant thinkers since their deaths? ✋

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