Who's your favorite philosopher?
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Frederick Nietzsche, mostly because of his concept of the overman. A man who judges, creates, and values only that which he has created for himself. The overman gives up all social constructs, as well as himself, in order that he may create his own morality. If anyone wants I can send them a paper I wrote which compares the ideas of the overman with Tyler Durden
My favorites are Socrates and Spinoza. Socrates needs no explanation. I love Spinoza because he believed god is the universe and I really appreciated how, as a western philosopher, he had a lot of eastern ideals.
Egocentrism is strong in this thread. Folks folks folks. You can appreciate yourself and love other people too!
At the minute it is Steven Pinker. His Ted Talks have been mind blowing and echoed so much of what I have recently thought.
Its hard to pick a favorite, but for today ill go with Douglas Adams.
“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
“He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher… or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.”
I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
“There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”
Doesn’t have to be the one you totally agree with, but it can be if you’d like. Just list a name and maybe a few salient points about their philosophy that intrigues you. I’ll start…
Jean Paul Sartre- we are both totally free and totally responsible for our actions.
An example I thought was interesting: When you stand on an edge of a cliff, you feel anxiety. This isn’t a fear of falling, it is the fear that you have supreme autonomy to do whatever you want, jump and die or not.
Secondly, we like to believe that we don’t have this much choice, so we try to find ways to divert some blame to others (psychological determinism).
Anyways, let’s hear what y’all have to say. And correct me if I’m wrong about Sartre, I’ve only read some of his works.
@mghensley, Its cliche, but I would have to go with one of the greatest minds of all time, Socrates.
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Need I say more.
“An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.”
Bertrand Russell. I recommend everyone read his “Problems of Philosophy” it’s a short book, and well worth your time.
One of my favorite quotes by him:
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”
Rene Descartes- Doubted everything that could be doubted, including our senses which we perceive the world with. Most well known for his famous line “Cogito Ergo Sum” or “I think, therefore I am”.
Boethius- 6th century philosopher who believed that we are all subject to fortune and misfortune and that the world operated in a continuous, never-ending cycle of the two. He also thought that because of that cycle, the world operated in a predictably-unpredictable manner.
I really like Immanuel Kant. I see some of this theories as rather flawed, but studying him led me to think more about the ethics of my actions. For example, if I started lying, then it would have to be okay for everyone to lie. Obviously this does not account for the complexities of life though.
I also like Nietzsche and Michael Sandel (I think he’s a professor at Harvard at the moment).
@cj420weeks, Myself of course. I mean, yeah, I am influenced by the likes of Plato, Aristotle, and Einstein(though he was nota philosopher but he had his own revolutionary ideas which to me are philosophies) but I do not take full control or action into them, I am passionate in these ideals but I go with the vague idea and expand it all in to one collected idea and form my own.
Through all the truths in the world and proven mysteries it is only YOU that can unfold your inner truth in the depths of the soul. We also come to realize that we all share something in common with the greats; we were once related in forms of ancestory and the Tree of life. Be your own philospher=)
My favourite of all time is probably Nietzsche: “Now I advise you to forsake me, and find yourselves; and only when you have denied me will I return to you!”
There is a great book called Nietzsche and Zen for those interested, and can afford it.
I am also really getting into Slavoj Zizek right now, his radical left interpretation of capitalism rings very true to me.