Philosophy 101 - The Chair That Doesn’t Exist

Final eccentric college exam


An eccentric philosophy professor gave a one question final exam after a semester dealing with a broad array of topics.

The class was already seated and ready to go when the professor picked up his chair, plopped it on his desk and wrote on the board: “Using everything we have learned this semester, prove that this chair does not exist.”

Fingers flew, erasers erased, notebooks were filled in furious fashion. Some students wrote over 30 pages in one hour attempting to refute the existence of the chair. One member of the class however, was up and finished in less than a minute. Weeks later when the grades were posted, the rest of the group wondered how he could have gotten an A when he had barely written anything at all.

His answer consisted of two words: “What chair?”


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Reclimbing chair - Archie Bunker

Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy. - Thomas Hobbes

Death is philosophy's only problem. - Albert Camus

Theoretical physics is actually philosophy. - Max Born

Those who have free seats at a play hiss first. - Chinese Proverb

We are never to judge a philosophy by its abuse. - Augustine

One who sits between two chairs may easily fall down. - Romanian and Russian Proverb

Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy. - Denis Diderot

America is so advanced that even the chairs are electric. - Doug Hamwell

Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there. - Sydney J. Harris

I am not into working out. My philosophy: no pain, no pain. - Carol Leifer

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. - Ludwig van Beethoven

If you stand up and be counted, someone will take your seat. - Unknown

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. - Martin L. Gross

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy. - Margaret Thatcher

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. - Ambrose Bierce

Tragedy: a busload of lawyers going over a cliff with an empty seat. - Unknown

You should not paint the chair, but only what someone has felt about it. - Edvard Munch

A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world. - Louis Pasteur

Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious. - Ruth Reichl

It has been my philosophy of life that difficulties vanish when faced boldly. - Isaac Asimov

Philosophy may teach us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of our neighbors. - Oscar Wilde

There's no one way to dance. And that's kind of my philosophy about everything. - Ellen Degeneres

My uncle's dying wish was to have me sitting in his lap; he was in the electric chair. - Rodney Dangerfield

Worry is like a rocking chair. It will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere. - Unknown

I must study politics and war that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. - John Adams

Chair pose is a defiance of spirit, showing how high you can reach even when you're forced down. - Unknown

Stay in your seat come times of trouble. Its only people who jump off the roller coaster who get hurt. - Paul Harvey

America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair. - Arnold Toynbee

A university is an institution that has two thousand seats in the classrooms and eighty thousand in the stadium. - Unknown

I'll see you at the opera tonight. I'll hold your seat till you get there. After that, you're on your own. - Groucho Marx

My husband wanted one of those big-screen TVs for his birthday. So I just moved his chair closer to the one we have already. - Wendy Liebman

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. - Epictetus

Men who consistently leave the toilet seat up secretly want women to get up to go the bathroom in the middle of the night and fall in. - Rita Rudner

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate - that's my philosophy. - Thornton Wilder

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. - Winston Churchill

My writing philosophy is throwing spaghetti against the wall. That's how I take pictures, too. If I take 100, surely one will be good. - Amanda Peet

I remain convinced that obstinate addiction to ordinary language in our private thoughts is one of the main obstacles to progress in philosophy. - Bertrand Russell

The fruits of philosophy are the important thing, not the philosophy itself. When we ask the time, we don't want to know how watches are made. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments. - Isaac Asimov


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22-Oct-2020