[Humor alert: When I last taught Contemporary European Philosophy, I offered this alternative final exam.]
Contemptible European Philosophy
Alternative (Reality) Exam
3. Michel Foucault wrote a book.
c) The statement must be deconstructed to reveal its hidden power agenda.
4. Suppose during the exam that you look deeply into the soul of the person next to you and find the meaning of life. This would be:
a) Proof that you have mastered the metaphysics portion of the course.
b) Cheating, and therefore a violation of the college’s Honor Code.
5. The number of angels that can dance on the head of a pin is:
a) Infinite, since angels are non-physical beings and therefore not bound by physical limitations.
b) Zero, since angels are non-physical and dancing is by definition a physical activity.
c) Zero, since dancing is a lewd activity that morally pure angels would never engage in.
d) A statement that is in principle unverifiable and therefore meaningless.
6. The greatest philosopher of the 20th century was:
a) That beret-wearing guy.
b) Scooby Doo.
c) Oprah Winfrey.
d) Greatness is over-rated.
7. Show your work.
[Disclaimer for a litigious age: This is not the real exam. This is an exercise in humor. If necessary, please look up “humor” in the dictionary.]