[lit-ideas] Re: Popper and Impopper

  • From: Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 14:36:07 -0700

I thank Donal for his thoughts on an aspect of Popper that seldom gets talked about.

The citation Omar provided is from the Philosophical Lexicon, a compilation of word play and puns based on philosophers' names and ideas. Its origin lies in some irrelevant and irreverent thoughts that came to Daniel Dennett, as he was preparing some lecture notes, in the fall of 1969.

Many of the original entries have disappeared, along with their subjects' philosophical popularity, and new entries added. The Lexicon originally circulated on mimeographed pages. Now its at


Here's the original entry on Popper, and a couple more.

*popper, adj. Exhibiting great moral seriousness; impopper, frivolous.

*noam, n. Unit of Resistance. "Hilary is a popper noam."

*grice, n. Conceptual intricacy. "His examination of Hume is distinguished by erudition and grice." Hence, griceful, adj. and griceless, adj. "An obvious and griceless polemic." pl. grouse: A multiplicity of grice, fragmenting into great details, often in reply to an original grice note.

Robert Paul
Mutton College

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