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
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.”
This is a tough one. I guess it really depends on the subject.
If we’re talking politics, I’ll quote Hobbes’ view of state of nature over Locke or Spinoza at any time. But if we’re talking will, Kane seems to be the only person I’ll turn to. Ethics? Gotta be Kant and his categorical imperative. Questions about religion are best answered by Hitchens. And death is best covered by Nagel (even thought I disagree with him).
I guess Nagel would be the best, though. He’s one of the few philosophers I’ve seen take on every field of study there is and come out as one of the best intellectuals on that field. Definitely one of the few geniuses of our time.
I wish that I could sit down and have conversations with Plato, Einstein, Hobbes, Spinoza, and Nagel.That would be the best round table discussion ever.
@sumtinprophetic, Ah the Socratic Method, the famous (or infamous depending on the person) precursor to the scientific method. I definitely love to read about his usage of the method, its quite awe inspiring. You should read Charmides by Plato, here Socrates explorers the meaning of temperance, using his Socratic Method, its a great read.
Mark Twain. I know he’s not an “official” philosopher, but I can’t disagree with anything he said about life. :) But then again, I don’t have a least favorite. Funny topic, I can’t see any good thing about having a favorite philosopher.
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.
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!
@beyond, The reason I asked everyone to post their “favorite” philosopher is because, generally speaking, if you have a favorite, you are very passionate about that one philosopher. And if you are passionate about their philosophy, then most likely you know their philosophy very well and have some interesting insights as well.
I see what you’re saying though, not to mention that with so many great minds out there it’s hard to pick only one.
Albert Camus, you would only have to read the short essay The Myth of Sisyphus to realize how great his work is. His words are simple and clear yet intellegent and very well thought out. He does a lot of work on Absurdism and can be compared to Kafka.