Who's your favorite philosopher?

2 years, 9 months ago

I personally like friedrich nietzsche, but who is your favorite?

June 16, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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Profile photo of parisiano parisiano (@parisiano) 2 years, 9 months ago ago

I like Camus a lot due to the simplicity of his thoughts

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Profile photo of Ben Ben (@cognizantelephant) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

“Me.” by Me.

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Profile photo of Zach Zach (@v1kingfan) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@cj420weeks, Plato, Aristotle, and Joe Rogan.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@zonetti, George Carlin is probably the smartest man out of the century.

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Profile photo of Ellie Ellie M (@tangledupinplaid21) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Aldous Huxley, and Emerson.

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Profile photo of Wusgewda Wusgewda (@wusgewda) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@sonofsaul, send it to me im quite interested

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Profile photo of Barkie Barkie (@bakra) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Aldous Huxley, Lao Tzu, Kabir and Plato ofcourse

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Profile photo of Dsun Dre Dsun Dre (@dsundre) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Me

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Steven Deeds is a modern-day Renaissance man. He’s got his own website (of which he offers his music, philosophy and additional communications). I urge each of you to check out his plethora of contributions.

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Profile photo of trevormsu trevormsu (@trevormsu) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@sonofsaul, I am reading Beyond Good and Evil right now and I am loving it. Your paper sounds really interesting (I also love fight club), could you send it to me if you get the chance?

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Profile photo of CosmicSpirals CosmicSpirals (@randiriplinger) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@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=)

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Profile photo of Adam Smith Adam Smith (@adamsmith) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Alan Watts

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Profile photo of Jay Jay (@jaygran7) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

A lot of my initial interest was due to listening to Eyedea a lot. So, Michael Larsen.

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Profile photo of PDC PDC (@chemicalspike) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

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.

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Profile photo of Kristina Kristina (@kristinaw) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@sonofsaul, I would be interested in that paper :)

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Profile photo of Kristina Kristina (@kristinaw) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Well I couldn’t pick just one so a few favorites are Nietzsche, Kafka, Camus, Sartre, and like 8 others. They are all so brilliant

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Profile photo of highbrowgrazer highbrowgrazer (@wesleyleigh) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

I’m well aware he does was not known to be regarded by such a title (he was known for spending 14 years of his life writing a 1 and a quarter million word novel while in a narrow bed), but MARCEL PROUST definitely wins it for me. i have read about almost all of the philosophers spoken of here (besides for some divine misfortune Nietsche) and Proust is definitely someone who has made done quite a lot for me in terms of philosophical reasoning. i would elaborate, but i would just prefer to suggest a book ‘how Proust can change your life’ by Alain De Botton, which i have read almost three times now! i seriously recommend it. Alain is also a brilliant writer.
if anyone would like me to chuck up summary then holla!

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Profile photo of Shaman Moe Shaman Moe (@moekanz) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@cj420weeks, Me, my friends and the influence of alcohol and other intoxicants.

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Profile photo of Jake Jake (@jesus) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@brandonphillips,

I recognize the brilliance of The Myth of Sisyphus, however The Stranger is rather poorly done.

OT:

Rand and Tzu of course

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Profile photo of Milo Milo (@milo) 10 months ago ago

Marcus Aurelius is a pretty chill dude

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 8 months, 4 weeks ago ago

very difficult, I’d have to choose between Rene Descartes, Alan Watts, Plato and a whole bunch of others.
okay im just not gonna choose xD
bye now ^^ haha

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Profile photo of Peter Peter (@Gismo) 8 months, 4 weeks ago ago

Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Profile photo of ParadoxJoe ParadoxJoe (@ParadoxJoe) 7 months, 2 weeks ago ago

At this time, I believe the most insightful philosopher/spiritual teacher I have come across is Mr. Eckhart Tolle. His words have freed me from the shackles of the illusion of time. I was a slave to it. Rarely being in the present moment is a very destructive way to live. Incessant thoughts of the “past” and the “future” rarely do us good. Past and future do not exist- only in our thoughts. Our mind is a tool that likes to look for problems, simply to keep itself busy. Identifying ourselves with every single thought form we have, however, is extremely destructive to ourselves and mankind as a whole.

Dwelling on your past, fantasizing your future, and living through these thoughts that give you a false sense of self and identity are simply ways that we humans comfort ourselves from our fears. We are not our thoughts. We have an essence and level of consciousness much deeper and much more intelligent than the intelligence at the level of thought. It exists within us, and the only way to get in touch with that higher consciousness, is to free yourself from the destructive and incessant thinking that most humans suffer from.

Almost everyone is a compulsive thinker. Watch your thoughts, or as Eckhart Tolle says, “Watch the thinker.” Don’t become identified with your thoughts. Observe them as a separate entity from your true self. Observe your reactions to them, but don’t elicit the reactions. That’s the first step to elevating your consciousness and attaining the enlightened state. Even if you’re only doing it for brief moments, you’re still on your way. Our mind and the concept of “time” are inseparable. But at this very moment. RIGHT NOW. Do you have a problem? Not five minutes from now, or tomorrow, or next month. But right now. There are no problems. Being present in the moment and free from your thoughts leads to a more peaceful and happy life.

Past and future are illusions. Now is all we ever experience. Now is all there is. And when we can become conscious of that, we can harness much deeper powers within us that we have lost touch with over the years of human existence. Being present and free from incessant thoughts is the key to true peace, love, joy, and fulfillment. The mind is a tool for solving problems when it’s practical. Do not identify yourself with it. It is not who you are. Eckhart Tolle made me realize this through his powerful, insightful, and simple words. For so long I was a slave to time, always dwelling in pain from my past and craving salvation in the future. The salvation does not lie in the future. It lies in the now. I highly recommend reading “The Power of Now” by Mr. Tolle. It has drastically changed my life for better, and it could very well do the same for you.

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