A Philosopher Takes a Drink of Water

This morning at BYU Education Week I attended an excellent lecture by a BYU professor who is a political philosopher.

About twenty or thirty minutes into his lecture, the professor was in full analytic mode.  Having walked us through some of The Federalist Papers, he had now turned his attention to unpacking the meaning behind the dense text of John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, methodically breaking down concepts, pointing out internal inconsistencies, all that stuff that philosophers do, the whole nine yards.

Suddenly the professor turned his attention to right side of the podium, and shared these thoughts with  us:  “I’m going to take a drink.  I’ve been told they put water there.  It turns out, that when you talk, you can get thirsty.  [takes drink] By the way, water is good for you.”

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