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Plumbing and Philosophy 101

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How do we face and overcome the pessimizing  in today’s plumbing? As you know, the development of modern plumbing coincided with the publication of Schopenhauer; and philosophy has been impeding the flow ever since.  True, metaphysics has always needed a roto-rooter, but natural philosophy once was “natural” while moral philosophy actually felt obliged to be plausible.  Thomas Aquinas would never stand between you and your epistemology.

But compare the common obstructions in modern philosophy and plumbing!  Kierkegaard completely dries up the flow.  Nietzsche and Heidigger gush to the right.  Imagine your home’s plumbing based on Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus: by the time you found a washroom….And any Sartre plumbing would be at a complete disconnect.

So, how can we overcome the profound angst in modern plumbing?  Oh, let’s just die.

  1. Joan Stewart Smith says:

    Eugene, how do you explain it when my upstairs modern chamber pot is too efficient and just won’t stop running? This is the 3rd time I’ve called the plumber. Information overload?

    • Eugene Finerman says:


      Although very few of them are actually toilet-trained, a number of Ayn Rand champions believe that you should let the toilet overflow, so the abundance can seep through to the chamberpots or the heads of the peasants beneath. They should be grateful for the fertilizer.

      Eugen von Thor

  2. Bob Kincaid says:


    Your suggestion is becoming more and more plausible, especially in places like Texas, where catastrophic drought is making plumbing strictly ornamental.

    Bob von Mises

    • Eugene Finerman says:


      Governor Perry might have preferred Jesus to turn wine into water. For philosophical consolation, remember Descartes’ rationalization: I stink, therefore I am.


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