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by on March 14, 2008 at 6:19 am in Economics | Permalink

The Philosopher’s Hotel features a series of rooms that are perhaps less overtly amazing but equally compelling for the right clientele: each room revolves around the life, work and philosophy of a particular philosopher. The above rooms, for example, respectively play off Georges Bataille’s concepts of sexuality and eroticism, Ludwig Wittgenstein’s philosophies of language, ethics and mysticism and Henry David Thoreau’s obsession with time, age and nature. Other rooms revolve around famous thinkers such as Nihilist Friedrich Nietzsche…

I hear that in the Parmenides room the mini-bar does not open and the Heraclitus room has a water bed.  The hotel is in the Netherlands, so where is the Bernard Mandeville room ("Private Vices, Publick Benefits")?  Here are many more unusual hotel rooms, both the texts and photos are interesting.  And here are (supposedly) the smallest hotels and hotel rooms in the world.

Bill March 14, 2008 at 9:11 am

I imagine the Bentham room would have the means to see what was going on in all of the other rooms?

Kat March 14, 2008 at 9:40 am

I hear they scrapped the Gödel room, as it could never contain its own room number; the guests kept getting lost.

Tyler Cowen March 14, 2008 at 11:17 am

Or, for the Rawls treatment, the maids spend all their time cleaning only the very dirtiest of the rooms…

MikeP March 14, 2008 at 1:02 pm

Many guests have gone into the Zeno room, but no guest has ever come out.

anon March 14, 2008 at 1:34 pm

You can only stay in the Ayn Rand room if you swear an oath on your life and your love of it at the door.

Tyler Cowen March 14, 2008 at 3:38 pm

And then there is the Derek Parfit room: don’t lose your key, or you’ll have to pay all over again (it doesn’t help to show ID…that was the other you…!)

Scott Scheule March 14, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Plato’s room, while rather sparce, is lit by the light of a much nicer room.

Also, strangely enough, the hookers are free.

Alejandro March 16, 2008 at 2:43 pm

Shouldn’t the water bed be in the Thales room and the Heraclitus room have a fireplace?

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