Irony is one of the most important tools for philosophy …

HARRY, the traveler dog

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HARRY, the traveler dog

All mankind is divided
into three classes:

those that are immovable,
those that are movable,
and those that move.

Benjamin Franklin(1706-1790)
P.S.: the dog’s name is Harry,
I like his pirate scarf…
comment by Ben Visbeek,
Amsterdam: no helmet for him?
name of the dog: Harry,
nickname: the pirate

The father of existentialism, Sören Kierkegaard, had demanded (for his part back-reminding of Socrates), to try it nevertheless once with irony.

Kierkegaard experimented to realize a clearly more individual life concept than it came (at that time) into the horizon of the orthodox piety or devotion to the state or the usual marriage loyalty. He used philosophical statements, long literature tours and risky own-life entanglements to develop his thoughts.

ANTI-CLERICAL: It has been told, that Kierkegaard admired a Danish clergyman, who shouted to his (a little bit too much affected) congregation: “Do not cry, dear children, – it could be lied everything!” Another anti-clerical statement of S.K.: “You cannot live on nothing, it is often told, particularly of ministers and precisely the clergymen succeed this feat: not at all there is any Christianity – and they live nevertheless on it.” This is Kierkegaard’s typical method of irony, a method of producing distance against the usual social milieu.

IRONY: “The Concept of Irony, with Continual Reference to Socrates” was the title of Kierkegaard’s dissertation (1841), no, it had not this title, but: “Om Begrebet Ironi med Stadigt Hensyn til Socrates…”

DECONSTRUCTION: The XV. and last thesis read: “ut a dubitatione philosophia, sic ab ironia vita digna, quae humana vocetur, incipit.” “Just like philosophy begins with the doubt, equally live (an existence, you can call dignified) begins with the irony.” read more at

Alanis Morissette – Ironic, on youtube:

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