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Favourite Philosophers

Tips: 0.00 INK Postby dealing with it on Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:20 pm

Philosophy is, above all, a study of man and his relationship to the world around him. The earliest known philosopher, Thales, is best known for saying "Know Thyself", and for claiming that the entire world is made up of water. He had some other contributions, but these two contributions are what make him a philosopher, as opposed to a mathematician, architect, businessman, or politician -- although he was also each of those.

Being that philosophy is about man and his world, philosophers, by being brutally honest, reveal two things: they reveal how they, as a personality, are situated in the cosmos, as well as how humans in general exist. As such, reading philosophy is like reading both autobiography and commentary.

I never quite understood how the personality and life situation of the philosopher could radically alter his views until I came across Friedrich Nietzsche. In a series of books, written while syphilis gradually ate away his brain, he reveals an almost juvenile angst. But his works are also filled with humour; it's commonly said that Nietzsche would rather say a bad pun than have no joke at all.

Probably his most common saying is, "what does not kill you makes you stronger", which I believe makes him a saiyan.

Although I now enjoy reading pretty much anything with a high signal-to-noise ratio, Nietzsche is the philosopher that I'd recommend to anyone who doesn't know where to begin. And that's what makes him my favourite philosopher.

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Re: Favourite Philosophers

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To be honest, my favorite would be Epicurus due to the effect his teachings had on me. Partially because of the extent of hedonism as well as my spiritual views are similar to his.
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Re: Favourite Philosophers

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I believe Socrates was a genius, and the stuff that he taught people I follow still..

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Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Kurokiku on Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:38 pm

As a graduate student in philosophy, I feel I have to lay my cards on the table here.

While I greatly enjoy the work of a number of philosophers, I think my favorite might still be Wittgenstein. The guy was crazy, and incredibly iconoclastic, but he inspired so much of what philosophers work on now, and his Philosophical Investigations is widely considered to be one of the, if not the single, most important work of philosophy in the twentieth century.

That said, I've also always enjoyed Spinoza, Lucretius, Cicero, Aristotle, Parfit, Nietzsche, Marx, and Hume. Or just about anything, really.

I could probably go on for hours, but I'm going to be merciful and cut myself off there. (^_^)
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Tips: 0.00 INK Postby Aniihya on Sat Apr 20, 2013 7:07 pm

Wittgenstein was awesome but regarding Nietzsche, many contribute his thought towards the radical wing of atheism even though only the simpleminded would regard that intention. And I do not exactly agree with Marx even though I exert some influence from him politically as I have realistically a tendency towards socialism and idealistically, though unrealistically a tendency towards communism. Communism would only be possible if human instinct were to be quickly unlearned though it isnt the case.

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Tips: 0.00 INK Postby cucumbersome on Sun Apr 21, 2013 4:59 am

I like Heraclitus a lot, but not enough of his work survived to seriously call him a favorite. I think it's correct to think of "things" as harmonies/balances in processes between opposing forces. He also seems to have said that while there is a single reality and principle causing it, everyone has a subjective view of it and an own imperfect theory of the principle, which is a reason for modesty. There's a high risk of misinterpreting riddle-like fragments that only survive outside their original context, so take my description of his ideas with a good amount of salt.
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Ever since I got a top grade for talking about Kierkegaard and Machiavelli at my philosophy final, I've had a soft spot for those two, I was also very fascinated by Plato's Allegory of the Cave. But that might be because our teacher used The Matrix to explain it to us. He was very flexible in his teaching methods.

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