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Who are some of your favorite philosophers?

Just trying to get an idea of what everyone is into. I personally love philosophical pessimists such as Cioran.

SethRatcliffe 3 July 6

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Jordon Peterson - so much food for thought!


Alan Watts ,

@TiberiusGracchus It was Robin Sharma, possibly from ' The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari' but I can't be sure


Jack Handy - such a prolific genius, so many relatable deep thoughts


Daniel Dennet.


Sarah Silverman.


Nitze and shoppenhour


Alan Watts is still the best contemporary dude.


My favorites are all standup comics. The truths of life without all the bullshit and they entertain.


Douglas Adams...


Ayn Rand

The USA is the only country in the world where Ayn Rand is considered to be a philosopher.
In the rest of the world, even a lot of educated people (those with a university degree) do not even know who Ayn Rand was...

@Matias agreed. She is a nasty freak. Her writing is dire too.

i'm curious what specifically you don't like about her philosophy?

@ScubaWags It is incredibly simplistic. And her basic idea that human beings are basically selfish individuals is unscientific. For the most part of our history we lived in bands of people who were dependent on each other. And most people are still today. The figure of the selfish self-made individual (i.e. the type Donald Trump) only exists in modern, Western, affluent societies -

@Matias I would never consider Trump a self made man. I'm quite sure that he would be one of the villains in Ayn Rand's novels (Think Orren Boyle, if you've read Atlas Shrugged). As for being selfish, I believe that almost everything is done for selfish ends; even if it just makes you feel good. Being selfish doesn't mean that you walk over corpses to get what you want. People can work together and still achieve their own selfish ends.

@ScubaWags ive never read her but isnt a critique that she posits the notion that some people are more worthy, or exceptional, than others? And as far as her claiming all people and acts are ultimately selfish, then how is she different from sartre?


Socrates, Lao Tzu, Seneca, Hume, Spinoza.


Don't know the fellow you mentioned but mine are:Lao tzu, Chiang tzu, Daniel Quinn, Alan Watts, William Atkinson, Annie Bessant and STRONGLY DISLIKE Plato!

Pook Level 5 July 7, 2018

Dennet, Spinoza, Emerson and Nietzsche.

Dennet is rather an outlier on this list...(a)


Not really a philosopher, but influential in the field Ferdinand de Saussure - linguist & semiotics.
Also like Jean Baudrillard and Foucault.

Livia Level 6 July 6, 2018

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I like Daniel C. Dennett. As far as old-timers, I like John Dewey. I'd have to think about it some more to come up with others.


If I had to say only one, Noam Chomsky. Obviously the Greek and Roman philosophers have relevance even today and are interesting to study in an abstract way. Chomsky is still alive and is therefore more relevant to contemporary society. I think we should all develop our own philosophies based on our own moral values.


Heraclitus. You can't step into the same river twice. Not an exact quote.


I hate them all.

know thyself


Bruce Lee. He had a great outlook on the way he thought life should be.


Thich nhat hahn


Bob Dylan, Nagarjuna, Rumi, Thomas Hobbes, Meister Eckhart, Maimonides, Krishnamurti, Wittgenstein, the anonymous author of The Cloud Of Unknowing, Julian of Norwich

Seyyed Hossein Nasr or Frithjof Schuon might be for you...

@Matias Thanks Matias. I didn't know of him. I've just had a quick look at his work. He seems to be holding pretty much my position. I wish I'd known of him when I did my degree. His work would have been excellent to cite.?


Alfred North Whitehead, William James, Aristotle, Plato


John Locke and Adam Smith.


Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre


I don’t have

Areej Level 2 July 7, 2018
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