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PostPosted: Mon 10 Apr, 2006  Reply with quote

In no particolar order:
Friedrich Nietzsche,
Epicurus
Marcus Aurelius
Giordano Bruno
Diogenes the Cynic(the one who, in full daylight and with a torch/lantern, walked the agora searching an honest man)


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PostPosted: Mon 10 Apr, 2006  Reply with quote

But Diogenes wasn't considered a philosopher, was he?

I know Alexander adored him ^^


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PostPosted: Mon 10 Apr, 2006  Reply with quote

Bruno wrote:
But Diogenes wasn't considered a philosopher, was he?

I know Alexander adored him ^^


I think he was a philosopher.

It says he is an philosopher according to the fiction book abour philosophers "Sofie's world"
and a fact book about Alexander the Great.

It is said that when Alexander met Diogenes, he asked him what he wanted and Alexander said he was going to give him what he wanted.
Diogenes told Alexander to move because he was in the way of the Sun.

And when some of Alexander's men made fun of Diogenes then
Alexander said "”For my part I would, if I wasn't Alexander, like to be Diogenes!"



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PostPosted: Tue 25 Apr, 2006  Reply with quote

Voltaire, Hegel, Mill, Rousseau, Locke

Voltaire challenged religion and attacked fallacies and injustices in his many letters and essays. Hegel is responsible for some of the most ambitious and damaging ideas in the history of the world. Mill fathered modern liberalism and American thought. Rousseau/Locke influenced the preceeding philosophers as well as the founding fathers of this country and its principles and constitution.

I could have included some other prominent figures (such as Kant, Aristotle), but when you get right down to it, those five have directly influenced modern culture far more than Kant or Aristotle. (However, the latter case is debateable.) Jesus was not a philosopher in the academic sense, and there's little evidence of his or Socrates's existence, so that disqualifies the two of them.


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PostPosted: Wed 10 May, 2006  Reply with quote

Very hard but

Plato, Socrates, Wittgenstein, Confucius, Lao Tze (in no particular order)


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PostPosted: Wed 24 May, 2006  Reply with quote

Nietzsche - "God is Dead" Those three little words echo tremendous ammounts of truth on many different levels. He not only critized brutally the world he saw himself living in, but built upon this idea an entire philosopphy which later became known as existentialism. A brilliant man.

Hunter S. Thompson - I know he should not be considered a philosopher, but his writing and strong anti-Leary stance are the only thing that kept me from falling into Leary's LSD psuedo philosophy of the hippies.

Sartre - I have only read selections from Being and Nothingness, but "No Exit" is by far one of the most wickedly hilarious and truthful plays I've read.

Krishnamurti - he showed me an entire new way to examine myself and the world around me, and impressed upon me a need to do so.

Lao Tse - who doesnt love the Tao Te Ching?


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PostPosted: Tue 25 Jul, 2006  Reply with quote

Someone already said this but there is no way we can keep Socrates off of this list, he is one of the best, but the other one I love darely goes by the name of Cicero.

(oh and as a Christian I also say Jesus, but i'll leave Billy Graham out wink )


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PostPosted: Tue 25 Jul, 2006  Reply with quote

hmm good question

Well Plato of course, no list is complete without him in my opinion. You know the thing about Socrates is that a lot of people say that Socrates was never real, that Plato just made him up. I mean there really isnt any proof of his existence except for the books that plato wrote involving him. But you know even if he did exist, after reading The Republic, i really dont like him anyways, his method of getting people to agree with him seems cheap.

Soo anyways...top 5 (no particular order,except the first wink5 )

Plato
Lao Tzu
Kant
Locke
Ugh and only because i need 5...Descartes


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PostPosted: Tue 25 Jul, 2006  Reply with quote

I thought the republic was by Plato...

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PostPosted: Tue 25 Jul, 2006  Reply with quote

DreamerDavious wrote:
I thought the republic was by Plato...


Yep, Plato wrote it yes
Isn't that what Indianinks said? eh


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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jul, 2006  Reply with quote

Lao Tzu
Plato
Locke
Buddha
Nietzsche

No particular order


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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jul, 2006  Reply with quote

Well yeah Plato wrote the republic but the entire piece is a convo between Socrates and various other people.

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PostPosted: Sat 29 Jul, 2006  Reply with quote

Indianinks wrote:
Well yeah Plato wrote the republic but the entire piece is a convo between Socrates and various other people.

But it was made us by Plato. Everyone agrees about that nowadays, because Socrates' ideas and thoughts, written down by Plato and a couple of other people, are way different from those depicted in the Republic, and Plato is the only ancient greek to mention these dialogues, no other person wrote about these ideas, so the pretty much default theory is that they're actually Plato's ideas, and that he used Socrates' name to sound trustworthy...


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PostPosted: Mon 31 Jul, 2006  Reply with quote

exactly. Which is why i dont like Socrates. Plato is "the one"
sorry had to throw in some matrix dialouge in there wink5


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PostPosted: Mon 31 Jul, 2006  Reply with quote

Indianinks wrote:
exactly. Which is why i dont like Socrates. Plato is "the one"
sorry had to throw in some matrix dialouge in there wink5

Really? I don't like Plato's work. I like Socrates' thoughts and ideas, though...


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