Philosophy Students Tee Up Favorite Slogans

Story posted October 14, 2011


"We read Kant so you donít have to."

Leave it to philosophy students to come up with pithy yet cerebral slogans for T-shirts. For the third year in a row, the department has printed tees, holding a contest for the best slogan.

This yearís winner, suggested by philosophy major John Clarke, is: "Philosophy is the cure for which there is no disease."

View the Bowdoin Daily Sun slideshow of the philosophy T-shirts.

"As this may suggest, one reason for the T-shirts is just to have fun," says Assistant Professor of Philosophy Sarah Conly.

"Lots of student send in quotations, or variations on quotations. 'I think therefore I am a philosophy major,' which we used in a past year, is a variation on Descartes' 'I think therefore I am.' So, hopefully, they enjoy looking up their favorite philosophical bon mots. Those who donít use quotations often just think of what they may find amusing ó a lot of the suggestions are self-deprecating humor. Philosophers, among their many virtues, are modest and unassuming. So, people enjoy that process."

Conly says the shirts build solidarity among philosophy students and stimulate conversation with those curious about the major or eager to discuss the slogan.


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