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Philosophy Exam

A philosophy professor walks in to give his class their final. Placing his chair on his desk the professor instructs the class, “Using every applicable thing you’ve learned in this course, prove to me that this chair does not exist.”

So, pencils are writing and erasers are erasing, students are preparing to embark on novels proving that this chair doesn’t exist, except for one student. He spends thirty seconds writing his answer, then turns his final in to the astonishment of his peers.

Time goes by, and the day comes when all the students get their final grades … and to the amazement of the class, the student who wrote for thirty seconds gets the highest grade in the class.

His answer to the question:

What chair?


3 responses to “Philosophy Exam

  1. shiona August 15, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    This reminds me of a quite similar story I know. It is again about a contest in philosophy. The topic the students were given to write on was simply “Why?”. The essay that won the first prize read only:
    “Why not?”

  2. Brynn August 16, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    When I eventually get to the lesson section of the book I’m reading, the first lesson is “Nothing I see in this room (on this street from this window, in this place) means anything.
    I snuck a peek, and can’t wait to see the rest of the lessons….

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