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Be thankful for singing philosophers November 26, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jender @ 9:55 am

I’ve never been a big Thanksgiving traditionalist, so this year I suggest being thankful that the world contains awesome singing philosophers like Carrie Jenkins, who write gloriously nerdy songs about Quine. For more from the 21st Century Monads, go here.


16 Responses to “Be thankful for singing philosophers”

  1. Carrie Jenkins Says:

    Aw, thanks! :) I’m thankful for the world’s being such that people feel thankful for this sort of nerdiness.

  2. Kris McDaniel Says:

    Thanks for the link!

    We have a facebook fanpage for people who want to follow the fun:


  3. jj Says:

    I think I feel grateful, but then I wonder why? And then I wonder if one can feel grateful for something and not know why.

    I suppose one might have a sense that something, e.g., ups the number of good things in the world and not know why it does??

    Perhaps I should write a poem on gratitude. Perhaps we should have a poets corner on the blog. With a call for poetry? But will the established presence of the singing philosophers make it look derivative? O dear, perhaps I’m not grateful after all.

    I’m very grateful I’m not a turkey. Bot to whom should the gratitude go? Shouldn’t I be glad, not grateful? O dear.

  4. Jender Says:

    To be honest, JJ, it was just an excuse to post the song, which I discovered last night. But I don’t actually find it mysterious. People tend (at least on Thanksgiving) to use the phrase “I am thankful for X” when they mean X makes me happy. And the song made me happy so it didn’t seem that big a leap. I guess I do feel a little uneasy with the possible Godly presuppositions of being thankful, though. (Though I could cancel those by just being thankful to Carrie for the funny song. Which seems like just a way of saying “thanks for the great song, Carrie.” Right?)

  5. Alan Says:

    Hear hear! Love the Monads. And for philosophy songs that one might not be so grateful for:


    my own little contribution to the net suffering of the philosophical world. (Since 1980 or so; the real net suffering of course later in the 90s.)

  6. jj Says:

    Jender, do regard my piece as a failed joke.

  7. Jender Says:

    Oops. It’s been a long week and I must have gone all humourless!

  8. Nick Jones Says:

    Excellent – glad Alan outed himself, I’ve been trying to remember where his songs are for a while. I’m sure that Carrie won’t mind me mentioning the LSE’s Philosophy Department rock band ‘The Critique of Pure Rhythm’ and Kreativmotoor, am Estonian punk-rap band featuring at least one Berkeley scholar. Not that they’re as good as the Monads, naturally.

    And on the other topic, I think it was the playwright Dennis Potter once remarked that the problem with being an atheist was that when you felt grateful, you had no-one to thank.

  9. jj Says:

    O no, Jender. It’s all the partying. I’ve gone clueless.

    I love/loved Potter. One does worry that one can’t be grateful, as opposed to glad, if one’s an aetheist. Perhaps an agnostic can be conditionally grateful?

  10. jj Says:

    Can I be grateful to Carrie for her singing voice? Which is nice!

  11. Esa Says:

    I just realized the A Priori song got an “explicit” warning in the iTunes podcast. I am also grateful for that!

  12. Jender Says:

    Thanks for the link Alan– v. funny stuff! Esa, that is *hilarious*. The song’s wonderful (hadn’t heard it before) but it’s even more wonderful trying to figure out what worried iTunes!

  13. Ross Cameron Says:

    iTunes are empiricist Quineans.

  14. Kris McDaniel Says:

    The lyrics are available for each song on the 21CM homepage, as are the liner notes. (Jender linked to it in her post.) Carrie said a ‘bad word’ in the a priori song. :)

    if you think itunes is bad, we’ve been waiting for over a month for Facebook to verify our fanpage. Bunch of logical positivists or something….

  15. JT Says:

    Thanks so much. I loved the pathos of the song — perhaps it’s how we really feel when someone disagrees so fundamentally with our own beloved philosophical position.

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