[lit-ideas] Re: Popper and Impopper

  • From: Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:42:13 +0100 (BST)

Thanks to Robert for this.

I note that "Nomological Danglers" is missing from the 'Ns' - iirc, its entry 
should run:- "No one knows what they are. Good clean fun."


On Monday, 21 October 2013, 22:36, Robert Paul <rpaul@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
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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