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Favorite Philosophers and Why You Favor Them
Posted 2/6/13 , edited 2/6/13
I like Friedrich Nietzsche due to his writings about the decline of Western civilization.

I also found Epictetus' teachings to be helpful in everyday life.

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God because hes never ending. Question after question.
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I'm not sure I'd quite call any philosopher my favorite, since I've yet to find any that I don't have at least one major disagreement with, but I'm pretty fond of Schopenhauer for his proto-evolutionary ideas, his philosophy on will and motivation, and his views on art.
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Posted 2/8/13
God.
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MarshDiamond wrote:

God because hes never ending. Question after question.



-Vega- wrote:

God.


How about some human philosophers, perhaps the ones who wrote what they claimed to be the word of God?
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Posted 2/8/13
My favorite philosopher is the person that came up with the Golden Rule.
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Posted 2/8/13 , edited 2/8/13
Einstein, Buddha, Bruce Lee, Nikola Tesla, Jesus, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, John Lennon, Bob Marley. I favor them because God speaks through them.
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Einstein, Buddha, Bruce Lee, Nikola Tesla, Jesus, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr, John Lennon, Bob Marley. I favor them because God speaks through them.


I think they spoke for themselves.
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Posted 2/11/13
Hunter S. Thompson.

Just Gonzo.
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Posted 2/11/13
If we are to judge all of Philosophy, there comes to mind a Triumvirate, who work, so profound, has set the standards and the tone of all philosophy- Plato, Aristotle, and Kant. All of Philosophy, ancient and modern, can be directly linked to any of, or all of, the three- St. Thomas Aquinas, for example, used Aristolian Physics and Logic extensively to write his Summa Theologica, the entire current of Western Esotericism- Gnosticism, Hermeticism, etc., can be traced back to, ultimately, Plato's Timaeus, the Cynics, and the Stoics who were derived from the Cynics, and Epictetus from the Stoics, all can be seen as a reaction against Plato's towering genius, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Hegel can be simply seen as an attempt to rise above the giant Kant, and none successfully.
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Posted 2/12/13
The three famous Greeks and William James . . They just inspire me.
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Posted 2/12/13 , edited 2/12/13
Aristole's views on ethics are probably closest to my own. I got interested in Aristotle when taking a course on Alexander the Great and his education by Aristotle.

Btw Aristotle was Macedonian not Greek
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Posted 2/23/13
Lucretius, Voltaire, Kant.
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Posted 2/25/13
Aquinas is probably no.1 for me - I'm a Catholic with an inclination towards Thomism. I also like Aristotle, Augustine, Frege, , G.E.M. Anscombe...
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Posted 2/25/13

longfenglim wrote:

If we are to judge all of Philosophy, there comes to mind a Triumvirate, who work, so profound, has set the standards and the tone of all philosophy- Plato, Aristotle, and Kant. All of Philosophy, ancient and modern, can be directly linked to any of, or all of, the three- St. Thomas Aquinas, for example, used Aristolian Physics and Logic extensively to write his Summa Theologica, the entire current of Western Esotericism- Gnosticism, Hermeticism, etc., can be traced back to, ultimately, Plato's Timaeus, the Cynics, and the Stoics who were derived from the Cynics, and Epictetus from the Stoics, all can be seen as a reaction against Plato's towering genius, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Hegel can be simply seen as an attempt to rise above the giant Kant, and none successfully.


I'll hazard that Descartes could replace Kant there. Kant is the superior philosopher, but Descartes set the stage for a lot of early modern philosophy by making (foundationalist) epistemology the 'first' philosophy upon which everything else needs to rest (and this is also, I think, one of the supreme instances of philosophy shooting itself in the foot). The empiricists, Kant and the German Idealists, Nietzsche and the postmodernists were all responding to this in some fashion or other.
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