ArtiFacts IV

An alternate history of found objects

der Sanddolar, 1900

(The Sand Dollar)


Found in Friedrich Nietzsche’s pocket upon his death in 1900, scholars have for years hypothesized the German philosopher’s intent of placing the Clypeasteroida where it would undoubtedly be found. Recently John Butler, a philosophy student from Columbia University, who overslept and missed taking his International Economics and Development final, presented a new hypothesis to his economics professor.

In hopes of negating the importance of completing the course requirements, he argued that by placing der Sanddolar in his pocket Nietzsche had metaphysically substituted the German Goldmark with an object of no monetary value demonstrating the pointlessness of an economic system, and thus rejecting the value of economic studies. The professor responded with a quote from French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre: “Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.” 

Robin Armstrong

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