Philosophy : Which philosophers or thinkers have most influenced you?

Which philosophers or thinkers have most influenced you?

For me it was certainly Nietzsche as a young man (like for so many), given the liberating and challenging nature of his thought.

As a man in my 30s it was probably Kierkegaard and our individual relationship with God.

In my 40s it was more political and economic thinkers like John Rawls and Amartya Sen.

How about you?

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i don't want to be rude, but does ur google work? 😌

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Yours obviously does.

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yours doesnt?

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anarcha-feminist/socialist anarchist/free thinker/poet

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Myself.

If I get a few beers in me and start feeling frisky i'll hit you with some Tykohnisms that will literally blow your mind and change everything you only thought you knew up to this point in your mortal existence. They certainly blew my dads mind, and he said he thought he had seen and heard everything.

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The thing about low expectations (read: mole men life) is you never get disappointed!

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Try explaining that to my dad.

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You're asking this lot?

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Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Hegel. And before them, John Calvin and Augustine.

I had a shameful fling with Ayn Rand.

I wanna say all those things, those dirty things
That would be better unsaid

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I had a shameful fling with Ayn Rand.
Disgusting, you bourgeois pig! So did I.

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Ayn Rand is very powerful when you are a know-it-all male in your early 20s; I remember the attraction. Had a few of her books.

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Yep! I read her in my early 20's as well. I got over her ideas pretty quickly, though.

I wanna say all those things, those dirty things
That would be better unsaid

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Alan Watts. He put into words what I already felt.

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Wouldn't Alan Watts be more accurately described as a preacher? He was great at converting the wisdom of others into more digestible bites though, so perhaps he could be considered a philosopher.

This is my favorite Wattsism.

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I don't see him as a preacher at all. A teacher, maybe.

I have all his books and I treasure them.

That video is one of my favorites too!

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Yes, I agree. Preacher came to mind because I see him as being primarily focused on religion, but I prefer teacher. It's more accurate. He was never trying to tell anybody what to think, which I guess is the goal of preaching.

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What did Watts teach you or show you?

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That there's no need to search for 'enlightenment'. Wake up and realise that this is IT.

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Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Pythagoras, Aristotle, Plato (Socrates), and many others. There are very few philosophers that I can say I've rejected, and certainly none outright. Likewise, there are none I've wholeheartedly embraced.

Good thread, by the way. It's nice to see there are some people here with interests beyond wondering what word we'd use to describe Megan Fox's right breast, or whatever that Anthony Rocks moron is posting (I have him on ignore).

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As a Canadian, I appreciate the daily homages to Pam Anderson and Neve Campbell he posts.


Have you read Hayek, Popper, Nozik or Isaiah Berlin? I think that you would enjoy those.

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No, I'll check them out. Thanks.

ETA: Just checked them all out. Berlin, no. Hayek, yes. Popper, yes. Nozik, yes.

On checking them out, I realized I was aware of Hayek's, Popper's, and Nozik's work, although their names were forgotten to me.

So, a pretty good call by you. I feel a little predictable, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. I'm obviously clear and consistent in my thinking.

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I added Berlin as we should challenge ourselves.

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What did you think of Mein Kampf?

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I think very little of it, and its author.

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We should challenge ourselves.

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Ludwig Wittgenstein, Richard Rorty, Daniel Dennett.

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No Foucault, Stanley Fish or Terry Eagleton?

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Don't care for any of those three to be perfectly honest. The last two aren't really even philosophers, strictly speaking.

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Interesting that you should cite Wittgenstein. He didn't worship at the altar of science.

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"Worship at the altar of science", is, of course, an expression used by nitwits who feel the need to downplay objective reality when it clashes with their ideology rather than do the logical thing, which is to change their ideology.

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No, it's an expression used by people who can see that for many, science has replaced religion, but is still performing the same function. It has its high priests, who have all the answers and cannot be questioned. It has dogma, and prophesy. It has its flock and it has its heteretics. It has many self-righteous zealots.

Observing that some people are too trusting of what the men in white coats say is not the same as refusing to trust anything they say. There's a vast space we can occupy in between.

Personally, I always view science as our best effort based on the evidence available to us today. I'm agnostic.

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No, it's an expression used by people who can see that for many, science has replaced religion, but is still performing the same function. It has its high priests, who have all the answers and cannot be questioned. It has dogma, and prophesy. It has its flock and it has its heteretics. It has many self-righteous zealots.

This is an issue which you have pulled out of your deluded, ignorant ass.

No person or group with any power or significance has ever existed which even remotely resembles the cartoon you have drawn here. Not now, not ever.

So why do you make this bullshit up?

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You're one of the zealots. That's why you can't see the truth of what I've written.

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You're one of the zealots. That's why you can't see the truth of what I've written.

If what you are claiming had any basis in reality, then provide specific examples of persons doing what you describe, in their own words, and then articulate what specifically what they are getting wrong.

But you won't, because all of this is delusional made up bullshit like most of everything you post around here.

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You seem to struggle with extremely simple concepts. Are you expecting scientific papers evidencing that some people think science has all the answers?

You are so far gone you probably self-flaggelate and beg Fauci for forgiveness because you once doubted his integrity.

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You seem to struggle with actual evidence to back up your claims.

This is hardly a surprise since pretty much everything you claim is completely made up bullshit by someone who hasn't read a single work of actual philosophy in his entire worthless life.

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Yet, somehow I knew Wittgenstein had a problem with science being considered the only way to know the truth.

And it seems you didn't.

The irony is electrifying.

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Actually, Wittgenstein had virtually nothing to say about the subject of science. His concerns were more about the role of language in everything, not just science.

So I'm still pretty confident you haven't read nor would you understand a single work of philosophy, though you might have read a tiny little bit about the subject purely by accident.

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You can try and wriggle out of this one as much as you like, but you've been found out here. You're a phony. It comes as no surprise to me, but maybe it will to others. I see many of the lefties hold you in high regard because you shout at people they disagree with. It's not impressive to the grown ups, but those young idealists seem to love it.

You should actually read some Wittgenstein so you're better informed next time you claim to know what you're talking about.

For the record, Wittgenstein had some big problems with science. He was in opposition to the notion that science is the only respectable form of enquiry. He also opposed the way modern science was conducted. In many ways, he hated science itself, as a methodology. He actually had a lot to say about science.

How old are you, kid? You remind me of a college student who thinks he already knows everything. Are you even 21?

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You can try and wriggle out of this one as much as you like, but you've been found out here. You're a phony.

Desperate projection of your own qualities on me has been duly noted.

For the record, Wittgenstein had some big problems with science. He was in opposition to the notion that science is the only respectable form of enquiry. He also opposed the way modern science was conducted. In many ways, he hated science itself, as a methodology. He actually had a lot to say about science.

Literally no one of note has ever advocated the idea that "science is the only respectable form of inquiry", so we can assume he opposed that idea by default, along with everyone else.

Regarding the rest of the ideas you hilariously attribute to Wittgenstein, strange that after reading two of his books, a biography, and taking an entire graduate level course on his work, none of this ever emerged as something he thought.

It's almost as if you are a dumbass know-nothing making shit up and thinking you won't be caught.

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Literally no one of note has ever advocated the idea that "science is the only respectable form of inquiry"
You're not of note, so you're not strictly incorrect… but that's your approach. If you can't see that, it would explain a lot.

You must not have read On Certainty (1969), published posthumously, obviously.

What I find so funny about this exchange is that anybody else reading this will be wondering what exactly it is that I've said that you object to.

It's pretty obvious you had no idea what Wittgenstein's thoughts were on science. You probably read Tractatus and Philosophical Investigations and thought that made you an expert.

Given your insistence that science is the only way to know anything, you'd disagree vehemently with him. Your alleged hero.

Too funny.

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You're not of note, so you're not strictly incorrect… but that's your approach.

Apparently your mommy dropped you on your head a few times as an infant, so let me repeat the point you didn't grasp:

There has never been a noteworthy philosopher who ever advocated the idea that science is the only legitimate form of inquiry. Not ever.

Anyone who seriously advocated such an idiotic position would in fact, by so doing, make sure they were forever regulated to the dustbin of history. And this is a very good thing.

Apparently the idea that such people exist is a fantasy that is very important to your pseudo-intellectual identity. You have a problem, here.

You must not have read On Certainty (1969), published posthumously, obviously.

I have in fact read On Certainty. You haven't. In fact, you just discovered it today when you desperately searched the internet for something to create the illusion you know what you are talking about.

What I find so funny about this exchange is that anybody else reading this will be wondering what exactly it is that I've said that you object to.

I think most people would have no trouble figuring out that my principle objection to you is that you are a lying sack of shit.

Given your insistence that science is the only way to know anything, you'd disagree vehemently with him. Your alleged hero.

Except that at no time have I ever suggested anything of the sort.

You're basically a psychopath so fundamentally stupid that the only way you can win an argument–in your head anyway–is to make shit up about what other people believe instead of dealing with what they actually say.

You are one pathetic troll.

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I'll simplify this whole thing for you.

In On Certainty, does Wittgenstein not state that he doesn't feel science is the only way to know the truth?

We both (now) know he did.

Why then did you try and make out he didn't, and have only admitted he did once I called you out?

How did I know he said that at the start of this conversation, if I only read On Certainty once you started this meltdown?

You've been found out. Take it like a man.
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