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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? It's always seemed to me that Plato's ideas were kind of weird. I haven't read the republic but I've read about it. It doesn't seem like a place I would like to live in ^^

Anyways, I'm a Socrates fan. The Socratic dialogue is lots of fun when debating philosophy, after all yes


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PostPosted: Tue 01 Aug, 2006  Reply with quote

Well I've only read the republic, and to be honest I only really like his analogy of the cave, where he sees the true philosopher as one who steps away from the lies of the majority. That really resonates with me for some reason. I agree his idea of the perfect state is questionable...but I really like the cave.

But so if you (both bruno and josh) like socrates, its almost like saying you like plato, but a waterdowned version. Also do you agree with socrates whole justice arguements, and the debate concerning the definition of justice?

By the way when i say "the one" i dont mean the only good philosopher...just that Plato really wrote the philosophy not Socrates, and people like to grossly over-exaggerate old socrates. Plato's a good philosopher...but not the only one wink5


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PostPosted: Tue 01 Aug, 2006  Reply with quote

Not really, there are reports and register of Socrates' work other than Plato's. Otherwise, how would we be so sure he didn't write the Republic? On his definition of justice—I must admit I didn't read that, but considering his way of leading things during his trial (read Xenophon's Apology) makes me think he had a good sense of morale and justice. And lets not forget he lived in ancient Greece, and some practises we consider abnormal nowadays were completely mundane then, part of their culture like anything else. smile So excuse Socrates if he doesn't always sound up to date, just like Plato when he thinks of a bureaucrat oligarchy (the Republic) as the solution to humankind's every problem.

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PostPosted: Tue 05 Sep, 2006  Reply with quote

Hmm much confusion. I guess in my list I'll just call it the Socrates/Plato unit, although for such claims of favoritism I should probably read more. I really like Albert Camus. The last paragraph of the Stranger blew my mind in ways that I wasn't sure it could be blown before. I find Voltaire hilarious, so I guess he would be on the list. I agree that Einstein should make it on the list, his quotes always seem to exude wisdom, and the ideas behind his physics are quite beautiful and philisophical. Finally, I am going to jump on the Lao Tzu bandwagon, simply because of the euphoria I felt after first reading the Tao-te Ching. Also his philosophies are the ones that I would say that I try to live by the most.

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PostPosted: Wed 06 Sep, 2006  Reply with quote

My top 5 changed, it seems. They tend to change overtime.
  1. Socrates
    Not Plato, I hate and despise Plato's personal ideas. In fact, I prefer—
  2. Aristotle
  3. Sartre
  4. Lǎozǐ
  5. Max Webber
No particular order: although I tried to put them in order, it doesn't feel right...


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PostPosted: Thu 07 Sep, 2006  Reply with quote

Has anyone mentioned Khalil Gibran?

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PostPosted: Thu 07 Sep, 2006  Reply with quote

In fact, yes. yes Dannyviper not only mentioned him but also wrote a line on his work.

Perhaps you could tell us a bit more about him? smile


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These are in no prticular order:
1.Albert Camus. This man wrote my favorite book L'etranger, the philosophy he touches upon really changed my life. I cried when reading this book and live my life based upon his message. Its a REALLY shotr book. Check it out at your library its worth it.

2.Nietzsche. I remember reading his stuff and just being blown away. I am effected by this free thinking and thoughts of existentialism.

3.Lacan. The way I found his book was just plain eerie. I was in a book store and saw the title 'Lacan'. The only reason I picked up the book to look is because a friend over the internets screen name was Lacan89734. I didn't know what Lacan was. Upon buying the short book I read some of his theories. One really freaked me out. It was called obsessional neurosis-the state of thinking you are DEAD. My friend at the time Bobby, acted very much like this character. I asked him if he thought he was dead and his eyes bulged and he said Yes. It freaked me out. I lended out the book and didn't get it back but it was a sign from above to tell my friend he's a lil nuts.

4.Helen Keller. I did a speech on her and learned a lot about her this way. The way she lived even though being blind and deaf is fascinating. It is very rarely known about her life. She was a feminist, something I identify with, and a communist (in the time of red scare) and also a humanist. These three aspects make her a philosopher to me.

5.Martin Luther King, Jr. I am very against violence. His influence was Ghandi. This man is a poet and philosopher. His mind was a gift.


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PostPosted: Thu 18 Jan, 2007  Reply with quote

  1. Sartre
  2. Aristotle
  3. Socrates
  4. Father Paul–Eugène Charbonneau
  5. Fried (Nietzsche)
In order of preference. yes

I change my mind too fast. tounge2


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PostPosted: Thu 18 Jan, 2007  Reply with quote

1. Bergson
2. Husserl
3. Kant
4. Hegel
5. Churchland


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PostPosted: Thu 18 Jan, 2007  Reply with quote

Heheh... Reminded me of this:

The Philosopher's Song (Monty Python) Clickie Linkie!

Immanuel Kant was a real pissant
Who was very rarely stable.
Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar
Who could think you under the table.
David Hume could out-consume
Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel,
And Wittgenstein was a beery swine
Who was just as schloshed as Schlegel.

There's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya'
'Bout the raising of the wrist.
SOCRATES, HIMSELF, WAS PERMANENTLY PISSED...

John Stuart Mill, of his own free will,
On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.
Plato, they say, could stick it away
Half a crate of whiskey every day.
Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle,
Hobbes was fond of his dram,
And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart: "I drink, therefore I am"
Yes, Socrates, himself, is particularly missed;
A lovely little thinker but a bugger when he's pissed!


Regardless,

1: Goes to Aristotle and Socrates, for pretty much laying the groundwork of western philosophy.
2: Ayn Rand, for her great realistic philosophy, Objectivism.
3: Nietsze, I just adore his cold view on it all, and he defenetly has one of the coolest moustaches in history.
4: Descartes, for figuring out existential denial won't get you anywhere.
5: Occam, his razor is probably the best statement of the obvious ever made, and really, where would I be without epistemology?


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PostPosted: Sat 17 Mar, 2007  Reply with quote

1) The Buddha
2) Jiddu Krishnamurti
3) David Bohm
4) Ayn Rand
5) The Rev

kiekeboe

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PostPosted: Wed 21 Mar, 2007  Reply with quote

pootohead- believed that god made the earth as a playground for all mankind, but some jerk in the begining ruined it

pootohead- " I love to dream lucid or not they mean somthing to me" cloud9

pootohead- :puh:

albert einstien- " the only difference between stupididty and genius, is that genius has its limits"


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PostPosted: Fri 23 Mar, 2007  Reply with quote

Sartre
Dostoevsky
Marx
Nietzsche
Thoreau


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PostPosted: Tue 29 May, 2007  Reply with quote

In no order, other than Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, they are the only ones to have left a lasting impact on me.

KIERKEGAARD
NIETZSCHE
Sartre
Heidegger
Husserl
Camus

(note* these arn't neccessarily my favorites, but they always come to mind first smile)


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