Who is your favorite philosopher?

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Favorite philosopher?

  • socrates

    Votes: 5 6.1%
  • plato

    Votes: 7 8.5%
  • aristotle

    Votes: 5 6.1%
  • nietzsche

    Votes: 8 9.8%
  • kierkegaard

    Votes: 4 4.9%
  • kant

    Votes: 4 4.9%
  • hume

    Votes: 5 6.1%
  • aquinas

    Votes: 1 1.2%
  • mill

    Votes: 1 1.2%
  • smith

    Votes: 1 1.2%
  • locke

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • berkeley

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • liebniz

    Votes: 6 7.3%
  • spinoza

    Votes: 4 4.9%
  • russel

    Votes: 5 6.1%
  • wittingstein

    Votes: 7 8.5%
  • other

    Votes: 19 23.2%

  • Total voters
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Hume is my favorite.
 

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The Tao Te Ching is among the top 3 all time best selling books in the world, but you left out Lao Tzu.
 
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I'd vote Spinoza. But, Wittgenstein is the modern version of him.
 
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Wittgenstein. Late Wittgenstein.
 
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This late/early never really made much sense to me. I mean he says that the Investigations is sort of a continuation of earlier work. A "contrast" is the term he used.
 
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It's obviously a different philosophical direction and style no matter how sharp one considers the distinction.
 
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It always seemed to me as a more sociological and semi-psychological/cognitive approach. The Investigations that is.
 
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I would have voted, but you left out Eddie Lawrence. You left out Wittgenstein too.
 
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I'd find this more interesting if reasons were given for the choice, for example, what is preferred about late Wittgenstein?
 
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Some of you choose Liebnitz. Could you explain why? I mean, how does his philosophy of monads make any sense? What is the holistic view?
 
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I'd find this more interesting if reasons were given for the choice, for example, what is preferred about late Wittgenstein?

Lao Tzu has the elegant simplicity of good physics. Its like poetry, either you like it or you don't and there's no accounting for taste.

Wittgenstein would be my second choice. I'd compare his later work to that of Socrates who managed to shift the focus in Greek philosophy away from metaphysics and more towards ethics and logistics by a simple and creative use of their own traditional Reductio ad absurdum approach. In his later work Wittgenstein helped to shift the focus of academic philosophy from Continental philosophy to Analytic philosophy and linguistics using again a simple and creative approach that incorporated the traditional logistics. Like Socrates' philosophy that of Wittgenstein is as interesting for its sweeping impact on academic philosophy as it is in and of itself.
 
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Lao Tzu has the elegant simplicity of good physics. Its like poetry, either you like it or you don't and there's no accounting for taste.

Wittgenstein would be my second choice. I'd compare his later work to that of Socrates who managed to shift the focus in Greek philosophy away from metaphysics and more towards ethics and logistics by a simple and creative use of their own traditional Reductio ad absurdum approach. In his later work Wittgenstein helped to shift the focus of academic philosophy from Continental philosophy to Analytic philosophy and linguistics using again a simple and creative approach that incorporated the traditional logistics. Like Socrates' philosophy that of Wittgenstein is as interesting for its sweeping impact on academic philosophy as it is in and of itself.
Thank you, wuliheron, that is exactly what I was hoping for! I think it is interesting to see what we find especially appealing in differing ideas. An elegant simplicity of good physics sounds a good reason. And thanks for the explanation you gave for late Wittgenstein, too.
 
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Thank you, wuliheron, that is exactly what I was hoping for! I think it is interesting to see what we find especially appealing in differing ideas. An elegant simplicity of good physics sounds a good reason. And thanks for the explanation you gave for late Wittgenstein, too.
You're welcome.
 
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I'm gonna go with Leibniz because he invented differential and integral calculus...
 
  • #15
Either W.V.O. Quine or Hilary Putnam.

No love for analytic philosophy? Russell is the only one on the list and his name is spelled wrong.
 
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Rorty is becoming my favourite philosopher. I love his nonchalant philosophy bashing.
 
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Aristotle.




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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan said:
People go to college to find who they are as a person and find what they want to do in life, and I kind of already know that so it would be like I`d be taking a step back or something.
 
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Lindsay Lohan

People go to college to find who they are as a person and find what they want to do in life, and I kind of already know that so it would be like I`d be taking a step back or something.
That requires translation from the ancient Hollyberic to modern. According to the Google translator, we get ~ "I have $100 million in the bank".
 
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That requires translation from the ancient Hollyberic to modern. According to the Google translator, we get ~ "I have $100 million in the bank".
The more accurate translation, "I can be rich, famous, and party all the time without going to school."
 
  • #21
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None of my top three were in there, even though they are all dead and all widely quoted:

Samuel Clemens
Ambrose Bierce
George Carlin
(not necessarily in that order)
 
  • #23
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Hmm... Wittingstein is that dude who wrote so incomprehensible that we now enjoy spelling his name incorrectly? I totally agree! :tongue:
 
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The Tao Te Ching is among the top 3 all time best selling books in the world, but you left out Lao Tzu.
The Eastern Tradition & Philosophers are quite often, unfortunately, overlooked i think this would be one of those cases.

Jean Paul Sartre, his philosophy is simply beautiful
http://www.sonoma.edu/users/d/daniels/sartre%20sum.html
 
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other is my favourite, for his wider point of view.
 

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