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Who is the greatest living philosopher?

  1. Apr 19, 2004 #1
    Who is the greatest living philosopher? Why?
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  3. Apr 19, 2004 #2

    olde drunk
  4. Apr 19, 2004 #3
    Me too! In fact, I may be just smart enough to realize that I'm too ignorant to understand my own ignorance...maybe not...but I think it's unlikely to be whoever is selling the most books- knowledge is cheap understanding is priceless.
  5. Apr 21, 2004 #4
    Probably Lewis, with the fairly recent passing of Davidson.
  6. Apr 22, 2004 #5
    Our own norwegian Arne Næss of course.. sheesh.
  7. Apr 22, 2004 #6
    Probably Putnam. He has been a leading figure in more than one philosophical movement. If Davidson didn't die last year he would have gotten my vote. The most famous living philosopher probably would be Rorty.
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  8. Apr 25, 2004 #7
    I would say Jennifer Lopez, with her pioneering fashion philosophy.
  9. May 11, 2004 #8
    it is myself
  10. May 11, 2004 #9


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    What are you asking? Do you want to know, of the living philosophers, which is greates?

    Or, do you want to know, of philosophers, which is the greatest at living?

    That second one would be pretty hard to answer. I mean, you'd need to know their habits, hobbies lifestyles.

  11. May 11, 2004 #10
    Lol ... deserves to go into the 'Jokes' thread :wink:
  12. May 12, 2004 #11
    If someone's going to mention snoop, I will Have to say 2pac ... no-one compares to him.
  13. May 12, 2004 #12
    Shoot!! .... in my little world he's still alive ... lol .. I'd forgotten he's dead while I posted the above (listening to the 'Until the End of Time' remix of course :D)
  14. May 12, 2004 #13
    I am the greatest and that is why the admins here lock every thread I start
  15. May 14, 2004 #14
    You lie! Do not try to usurp my position!

    Anyway, that post has the highest irony density ever.

    I can't say who the second best, but Tom Regan is pretty good.
  16. May 16, 2004 #15
    Well, fellows, here are a lot of interesting suggestions. Jennifer Lopez was a good one... liked that.

    I have a candidate, but I assume this discussion might be over once I have revealed who it is. Shall I?
  17. May 16, 2004 #16
    published? i'd say lewis. otherwise, myself (i'm too stubborn to listen to anyone else).

    salamander, go ahead. but, PLEASE, no reigious hero that may have been misrepresented, misquoted or misunderstood.

    love and peace,
    olde drunk
  18. May 17, 2004 #17


    would anyone agree?
  19. May 17, 2004 #18
    Given Homer's broad exposure I agree he is among the greats but surely not the greatest.
  20. May 18, 2004 #19
    well we have to pick someone, why not homer?
  21. May 23, 2004 #20
    On second thought I don't think it's me despite my aptitude for self inflicted confusion, although I'm not very familiar with all today's philosophers and so biased, the one that has the most positive influence on me is Marilyn Savant, reason being playing chess for a few months can boost a person's IQ by 5 points(if they enjoy it), but then if you take a lot of the fundamental aspects of intelligence and put them into a book of practical everyday methods one might get 15 points or more out of it in a few months or more importantly start a lifelong love of intellectual pursuits, and then if you combine that with inspiring people to get some mental exercise you might get 10k to 100k people to try it, so that's about 500k additional IQ points added to humanity, essentially what Einstein tried to do was inspire people but he didn't understand IQ very well but he did inspire although hardly with direction...Not that IQ alone is going to make the world a wonderful place, but if the world is a reflection of everyone's combined understandings and lack of then her affects are far more beneficially pervasive than General Relativity in the long run and the main factors to great works I suspect are pervasiveness and beneficiality to humanity... Socrates had similiar affects and was terribly mysterious, it's probably a lot more important to provoke or inspire people into thinking for themselves than hand them the great book of dry knowledge to memorize that seems to do more harm than good but it's a lot easier.
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