Top Ten Favorite Philosophers of All Time
The Top Ten
Nietzsche literature bucks top of the leader-board. Sublime.
His " philosophical critics " about ethics and society are most of the time very well analysed and written but his " eternal return " of life whenever a human dies is not ( but it is theory and it has an originality ) very deep in exact facts in my opinion.
Nietzsche's relativistic philosophy of "perspectivism" is another manifestation of collectivism; another Utopian fantasy of man's ability to perfect man. It has its ostensible diametric opposition in Ayn Rand's "objectivism," which, as with all ideologies that deny any authority above man, is deeply flawed and hardly "objective." Nietzsche and Rand each is minefield set in a morass.
Fancy words to say that we are limited in our knowledge to seek an absolute truth ( and that it is futile to even trying ) and that we have therefor to try to accept our existence in the here and now. It's more a way of life than a philosophy. I think that he's too overrated and sometimes he is even boring.
Viva las revolution
After analysed every radical doubt he came to the conclusion that one thing is sure ; that he exist. His saying " I think therefore I am " was true, even when he was dreaming or when his senses played tricks with his mind. It was even necessarly true because it's impossible to deny it without being in contradiction with yourself. If you're saying that you have doubts about your existence it proves in fact that you exist otherwise you wouldn't have a doubt to begin with. You also can't ignore the existence of your thinking because it is with your abbility to think that you are able to have doubts or to understand when your dreaming or not, when your mind is playing tricks or not ( third parties who agree on reality ). Therefore thinking and I ( my existence ) are the same. A proven self identity that has a body with a consience. Comments who are saying that " I am, therefore I think " are not always necessarly true are misleaded by concepts like intelligence that has nothing to do with ...more
It's a pitiful shame that "I think, therefore I am" does not guarantee "I am, therefore I think"-- the essence of the burgeoning modern tragedy.
A conflicted and disjointed "philosophy" (more a stream of consciousness) that greatly influenced and abetted the oppressive collectivisms to come.
Gave western civilization a rational argument, a logical need, for a Creator.
"Quality is not an act, it is a habit."
"Care what the others think and you'll always be heir prisoner"
Groundbreaking, anarchic and surreal anti-capitalist academic who paved the way for the internet age, coining the concept of a "virtual world" in 1967, as well as laying much of the groundwork for modern-day neurodiversity and alternative education movements in his works the with anti-authoritarian communist psychoanalyst Felix Guattari.
Objectivism provides good framework for how to live a life based off of reason (with reality being real), self-interest. Also provides reasons why capitalism is one of the best economic systems ever devised. Rand has taught me that it's okay to want to improve yourself for yourself. That it's okay to be selfish as long as you are not infringing others rights, and you act rationally to your long term success/happiness. Her philosophy is not one of hedonism, master & slaves, existentialism, or nihilism. Her ideas of rational egoism, freedom, individual rights, capitalism could help the world to developing the best of humanity.
"A rational man is guided by his thinking- by a process of Reason-not by his feelings and desires"
"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."
"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of ...more
"All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions."
"Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own."
"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."
"You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend."