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Princeton philosophy: Stimulating (UPDATED)

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After conducting a Google search for ‘princeton philosophy’ today, this reporter was surprised to see the image above. Under the heading ‘Princeton University Department of Philosophy’ were four links: ‘Philosophy’, ‘Search Results’, ‘Viagra no prescription’, and ‘Viagra online’. A subsequent search for ‘princeton university viagra’ revealed two departmental pages with both ‘viagra’ (sic) and ‘Princeton University’ in their titles.

Without confirmation from the department it’s too early to say for sure, but FauxPhilNews is going to go ahead and call this one: the Princeton philosophy department is partnering with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to provide direct-to-consumer marketing and sale of Viagra. No longer will men have to turn to shady online retailers; now they can purchase their sex drugs straight from one of the most respected names in higher education.

With many departments facing serious funding problems, the decision may be one of economic necessity. Still, an institution as prestigious as Princeton surely had its choice of corporate partnerships, and FauxPhilNews commends the university for selecting such a deserving product. While Princeton philosophy has traditionally focused on the mind, it’s nice to see them recognize the importance of a properly functioning body as well.

UPDATE: As “x” points out in the comments, the search results referenced above are no longer available. FauxPhilNews was, however, able to find evidence of an enduring relationship between Princeton University and Pfizer, reproduced below.


Written by fauxphilnews

September 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

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  1. Given the age, gender, and health of the average philosopher, this seems like a lucrative deal.


    September 16, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    • My gosh! If only this strategy were developed earlier! Maybe there would be fewer departments closed from budget cuts.

      C. Tourneur

      September 23, 2012 at 8:36 am

  2. how is that possible??


    September 17, 2012 at 4:27 am

    • I’m sure that’s a question Princeton is now asking Google.


      September 18, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    • Maybe they remember Woody Allen: “My favourite sexual body part? My brain”.

      Nick the Freak

      September 22, 2012 at 6:36 am

  3. That’s why you should Bing and not Google ;]


    September 17, 2012 at 11:37 am

  4. Funny, now it’s all gone, only the top paragraph without any details is left.


    September 20, 2012 at 12:54 am

    • thanks for the pointer. see the update i’ve added at the end of the post.


      September 20, 2012 at 8:49 am

      • My guess: Either the server had been hacked or it was a bad joke.
        Actually the url you picture results in error 404.


        September 21, 2012 at 12:31 am

        • I’m not sure what you mean on either of those points — bad joke by whom? which url? — but results are still there for those willing to look a little. Both under “princeton viagra” and (for other universities) “university viagra.”


          September 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm

  5. Indeed a search for (princeton viagra) today results in 3 entries of princeton.edu.

    The first result however points to http://wordpress.org/support/topic/indexphp-hacked-all-sorts-of-viagracialis-links where 5 years ago was a discusiion about a hack.

    As said before I still think that either that server of princeton.edu has been hacked or someone with access to that server has made a bad joke.

    Btw, for none of the 3 results the word “viagra” is displayed on the page, it must have been in metadata!


    September 22, 2012 at 1:31 am

    • Whether it was sloppy security at Princeton or a bad joke by one of their technicians, I’m appalled!

      I’m glad that this is being reported on with the seriousness it deserves. I hope this has been called to the attention of the Princeton Faculty. It should probably be discussed at the next faculty meeting.

      Concerned Philosopher

      September 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

  6. > “I’m glad that this is being reported on with the seriousness it deserves”

    I do not think that faculty has become aware of it.


    September 25, 2012 at 1:38 am

  7. What did you think kept rigid designators rigid?

    Andrew V. Jeffery

    February 27, 2013 at 9:18 pm

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