17 Things Philosophy Students Are Tired Of Hearing

But what about Occam’s razor?

1. “Philosophy. What’s that then?”

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2. “Oh, so it’s just thinking about stuff?”

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Yep. Sure. You’ve absolutely nailed it. That is literally all it is.

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3. “I like thinking.”

OK then.

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4. “I guess I’m more spiritual than religious.”


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5. “So you’ll be able to tell me: What does it all mean?”

What on earth makes you think I can tell you that?

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6. “Do I exist?”

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7. “I’m a pretty logical person.”

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That doesn’t mean what you think it means.

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8. “That wasn’t really necessary, was it?”

Nope. That’s not what that means either.

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9. “So if a tree fell and no one was there to hear it…”

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Sure, just bear with me a moment while I sum up this intensely complicated area of philosophy that numerous books have been written about.

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10. “So basically nothing matters, then.”

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It matters to me that you SHUT UP.

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11. “Do I have free will?”

Just read a book. Please. Just. Read. A. Book.

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12. “I read some Nietzsche once.”

Yeah, same.

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13. “Yeah, it’s basically like Occam’s razor.”

So you did GCSE RE? Good for you.

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14. “So do you speak German?”

No. No, I don’t speak German.

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15. “How’s the job search going?”

Yeah, really well, thanks. How about yours? You’re exactly on track? Achieving all of your goals? Living out your dreams? Hitting your targets? Yes? Good.

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16. “Don’t you sometimes wish you’d done something more…practical?”

Every. Single. Day.

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17. “But how will you earn money?”

Got any more intensely personal questions? I’m all ears.

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Tabatha Leggett is commissioning editor at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.
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