March 16, 2010

This seems to be making the rounds, so I might as well pass it along too. Philosophy Q&A etiquette. Here’s my favorite:

Please, stop prefacing your questions with drawn-out compliments. It’s not useful for the speaker, and it’s tiresome for the audience. Get to the point. A philosopher is happy when the audience is after her like a thief.

Emphasis on the “drawn-out.” Some short, non-hand-waving compliments, IMHO, are fine.

One comment

  1. Eli has proposed a twitter rule for questions. It would be amusing. Of course answers can be double twitter.

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