Ep. 36 Notes (“Ironic,” by Alanis Morissette)

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The Song

“Ironic,” by Alanis Morissette

And here are the lyrics.

Supporting Videos

“…Baby One More Time,” by Britney Spears

“Canadian and American Accents,” by LikeANativeSpeaker

“I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Incidental Music for ep. 36

“It’s Gonna Be Me,” by NSync

The Princess Bride


Information on which I drew in this episode can be found at the following links.


The Wikipedia article for the song.

The Billboard Alternative Songs charts for 1996.

The Billboard Hot 100 charts page for Alanis Morissette.

Merriam-Webster’s definition of “irony.”

Merriam-Webster’s definition of “diphthong,” as well as the Wikipedia article on the subject.

Philosophical Sources

“Meaning as Use,” a section from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry, by Anat Biletzki and Anat Matar.

The Wikipedia article on speech acts.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy article on speech acts, by Mitchell Green.

D. Anthony Storm’s commentary on Soren Kierkegaard’s, The Concept of Irony.

Massimo Pigliucci, “The Philosophy of Irony and Sarcasm,” The Philosopher’s Magazine.

“Socrates the Ironist,” from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, by James M. Ambury.

Fr. Richard Rohr on the construction -> deconstruction -> reconstruction (or “order, disorder, reorder”) process in moral and spiritual development (see also his book Falling Upward). On the philosophical term “deconstruction,” see the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry, by Nancy J. Holland.

Transcendence as Responsibility, and Beyond,” a section of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy‘s article on Emmanuel Levinas (written by Bettina Bergo). This section is on Levinas’s book, Totality and Infinity.

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