INDUBITABLY!

So. For the last 17 years since I first learned about Descartes as a first semester college freshman, whenever anyone, including me, would use the word “indubitable” (which means that which is incapable of being doubted, and which inevitably must be discussed whenever covering Descartes) I have heard this children’s character’s voice in my head enthusiastically exclaim “Indubitably!”

But I never knew just who exactly that children’s character was.

Until yesterday, when in one of my online philosophy classes Lance Wisely remembered and filled me in when I mentioned this. I had otherwise completely forgotten about this commercial and the product it sells, except for the exact way that they said “Indubitably!” which has annoyingly and hauntingly echoed in my mind for the nearly half of my life. I loathe the sound of this freaking word so much.

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Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • 3lemenope

    So. For the last 17 years since I first learned about Descartes as a first semester college freshman, whenever anyone, including me, would use the word “indubitable” (which means that which is incapable of being doubted, and which inevitably must be discussed whenever covering Descartes) I have heard this children’s character’s voice in my head enthusiastically exclaim “Indubitably!”

    You’re not the only one.

    I loathe the sound of this freaking word so much.

    ‘Incontrovertibly’ and ‘apodictically’ are reasonable synonyms, if you’re looking for a change.

  • http://www.polyskeptic.com/ Ginny

    It’s one of my very favorite words… I don’t hear that voice, I hear myself saying it with a crisp, not-quite-British inflection. I like the way it patters rapidly off the lips and teeth. I can tell you exactly how many times “indubitable” appears in Jane Austen’s Emma (four.) There are a number of friends I have from college who think of me every time they hear the word, for which I am proud.

    Sorry you have less fun associations.

  • Toddard

    I believe ‘indubitably’ was also the last word in the Schoolhouse Rock song ‘Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Adverbs Here’


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