In the Republican Presidential debate on Tuesday, November 10, Senator Marco Rubio said: "Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders and less philosophers." Senator Rubio might have learned from reading Plato that politicians often play fast and loose with the truth, and this is no exception. But it is also a moment that calls for another limerick. So here goes:
Let's hear it for Pliny the Elder,
But to some that poor chump
Would be richer than Trump,
If his name had been "Pliny the Welder".
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WILLARD VAN ORMAN QUINE (by Warren Goldfarb)
Van Quine thought that meaning is dead
It’s not just that it ain’t in the head
You can translate one way
But there’s always much play
In construing what others have said
Note: Warren Goldfarb, prosodist extraordinaire, was my philosophical (and logical) mentor when I was an undergraduate at Harvard (1982-1986). Had it not been for his help and sage advice, I would not be a philosopher, I would not have met my spouse, my children would not exist, and so on. Ergo: thanks, Warren!