Salmonella Transponder is often regarded as the first female philosopher to engage openly in Socratic dialogue with waterfowl. Her Dialogue Concerning Existentialism With Various Mallard Ducks is - quite rightly - regarded as a classic of philosophical literature, especially in its relation to waterfowl. The book is credited with revolutionising the whole question of what stance to adopt when throwing bread crusts to ducks, at least - that is - in the modern western world.
However, Transponder's later work, such as A Treatise On The Mind/Body/Eider Duck Problem, did - according to many commentators - stray too far down a rather esoteric path, accessible only to philosophy professionals and the more erudite of mute swans.
Although, in her latter years, when Emeritus Professor of Embden Geese And Symbolic Logic at Cambridge High Street Fish and Chip shop, Transponder did return to her earlier, more straightforward, philosophical position. This was after she concluded that Saussarian linguistics was woefully inadequate in its inability to successful resolve the Two Mandarin Ducks And A Trumpeter Swan Paradox that has so bedevilled post-Husserlian phenomenology.
Unfortunately, her inability to reconcile post-modern relativity with a metaphysics of Aylesbury ducks led to the depression that caused her to take her own life, in late 1998, with a fatal overdose of goose-liver paté.