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Re: top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby skakos on May 22nd, 2013, 2:32 pm 

Obvious Leo wrote:Likes Einstein

Dislikes All the rest of them

Regards Leo


By "them" you mean all philosophers?
Einstein was a great physicist, but I am not sure how great philosopher he was...
Why did you choose him?
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Re: top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby dady551 on August 29th, 2013, 3:54 pm 

skakos wrote:
Obvious Leo wrote:Likes Einstein


Regards Leo


Einstein was a great physicist, but I am not sure how great philosopher he was...
Why did you choose him?

answering on Obvious Leo's behalf just read some of Einstein's prediction about future , his philosophy on life and you will get your answer .
EINSTEIN : absolute favourite
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Re: top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby ryan711 on August 30th, 2013, 12:31 am 

Likes

Chanakya Pandit - author of "Chanakya niti sara" a book on ethics.

Aristotle

Confucius

Laotzu

Dislikes:

Nietezsche

Marx

Osho
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Re: top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby ADreamIveDreamt on November 22nd, 2013, 12:14 pm 

King Solomon
Isaac Newton
Albert Einstein
Archimedes
Aleister Crowley
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Re: top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby JSiddocks on January 13th, 2014, 2:02 am 

My favorite philosophers are the existentialists
Albert Camus
Arthur Schopehauer (although he typically isnt classified in that group, I consider his philosophy very existential in nature)
Friedrich Nietzsche
Soren Kierkegaard
Jean Paul Sartre

My least favorite are those who take on concepts that do not interest me, not taking away anything from their merit;
Karl Marx
Spinoza
Leibniz
Wittgenstein
Dick Dawkins
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Re: top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby Venus on January 13th, 2014, 2:05 am 

Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Hegel.
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Re: top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby swingtrade2 on February 23rd, 2014, 2:11 pm 

nissargadatta

remesh belsekar

karl renz

david hawkins

huang po
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby Reverb on May 30th, 2014, 12:14 am 

Likes:

Alan Watts
Bill Hicks
Terence Mckenna
Albert Camus
Carl Jung

Dislikes:

Karl Marx
OSHO

On the fence:


Sigmund Freud
Aleister Crowley
Rudolf Steiner

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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby TheVat on May 30th, 2014, 10:04 am 

Interesting that your "likes" and "fence" list seems to have only one person who would generally be considered as primarily a philosopher - Alan Watts (and even he is viewed more as a theologian and interpreter of eastern mysticism). The rest are writers, psychologists, ethnobotanists, etc. Hmm.
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby Reverb on May 30th, 2014, 2:33 pm 

Well, I have a tendency to blend things together. If so, so what? Perhaps I am posting in the wrong sub-section? If that is the case, I will transfer my ideas to another medium. You can view my post count to see that I am new. Also, are we defining philosophers to only the ancient Greek and those elders from so long ago? That would seem more prevalent in a boxed-in class room. However, there should be order to stay on topic.
We would have to eliminate Pythagoras though because.. he is a mathematician. All is Number.

I do appreciate your words. I see something in them, but it is a bit fuzzy.
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby mtbturtle on May 30th, 2014, 5:54 pm 

BiV, Albert Camus is regarded as an Existentialist iirc
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby TheVat on May 30th, 2014, 6:36 pm 

Maybe. Camus, later in life, rejected his own status as existentialist and said that he was a humanist and fiction writer, mainly. I think Reverb's list shows that many people like their philosophy outside of the traditional academic tradition, applied within some other discipline like psychology, anthropology, literature, etc. Nothing wrong with that, IMO.
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby mtbturtle on May 30th, 2014, 8:32 pm 

BiV, well if we only followed what titles, classifications philosophers themselves accepted/applied we wouldn't have many left.
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby Marshall on May 30th, 2014, 9:22 pm 

Braininvat » Fri May 30, 2014 3:36 pm wrote:Maybe. Camus, later in life, rejected his own status as existentialist and said that he was a humanist and fiction writer, mainly. I think Reverb's list shows that many people like their philosophy outside of the traditional academic tradition, applied within some other discipline like psychology, anthropology, literature, etc. Nothing wrong with that, IMO.


like physics too? North Holland press puts out a series of handbooks which includes one in Philosophy of Physics. The editors (Jeremy Butterfield et al…) chose an interesting mix of authors: some prominent as academic philosophers (specializing in philosophy of science), but others nominally from outside (people in theoretical physics and cosmology who had obviously been thinking about the conceptual/philosophical questions in their fields.) If that's any indication, you don't have to have a chair in the Philosophy Department to have something to say about philosophy of physics. Nothing wrong with that either, IMO :^D
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby Hendrick Laursen on August 19th, 2014, 12:53 am 

Likes:
Socrates
M. Mutahharii
Descartes

Dislikes:
Freud
Nietzsche
Wittgenstein
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby mitchmax3 on September 3rd, 2014, 11:24 am 

favourite philosophers would be Sartre, Plato, Descartes.

Least favourite would be Neitsche, very hard work to read, and comes across as the Sigmund Freud of philosophy.

Though Einstien was better known for science and mathematics, found his philosophical observations more interesting, and less convoluted than most. One of my favourite Einstien quotes is 'If you can't explain something simply you don't understand it well enough'
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby nooor on April 15th, 2015, 12:56 am 

There are many famous philosophers who I am yet to read, but of the ones I've read, here are my likes: Goethe, Buddha, Bertrand Russell, Epictetus, and Rumi . I would also say Neitszche ( who first got me interested in philosophy), Confucious, and Lao Tzu, but their misogyny knocks them off of my top 5. As for philosophers I don't like, it tends to be mostly those with a religious upbringing or whose thinking is obfuscated by religious thought. Descartes is one philosopher who falls into this category although I'm sure there are others whose works I have never read like Martin Luther etc.
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby manishsqrt on May 16th, 2015, 8:34 am 

I don't know what put nietzsche in this list
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby nooor on September 4th, 2015, 9:50 pm 

Hi Manishsqrt, Just to clarify, was that question directed at me?
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby TheVat on September 4th, 2015, 10:26 pm 

A BAKER'S DOZEN

These guys all made me think about things in a different way...

Whitehead
Tarski
Carnap
Quine
Godel
Feyerabend
Nagel
Chalmers
Parfit
Wittgenstein
Husserl
Kant
Spinoza
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Re: top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby Darby on September 4th, 2015, 11:10 pm 

ADreamIveDreamt » November 22nd, 2013, 12:14 pm wrote:King Solomon
Isaac Newton
Albert Einstein
Archimedes
Aleister Crowley


Oh come on ... Crowley ? Reallly?!
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby tberk on December 2nd, 2015, 6:21 pm 

Well, it is actually hard to decide but here is my list:

Likes:
- Karl Marx
- Plato
- Michel Foucault
- Karl Popper
- Immanuel Kant

Dislikes:
- Friedrich Nietzsche
- Ayn Rand
- Thrasymachus
- Niccolò Machiavelli
- Thomas Hobbes
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby Iroh on January 5th, 2016, 10:05 am 

Appreciated:
Terrence Deacon
Roy Bhaskar
Karl Marx
Aristotle
Herbert McCabe
Gilles Deleuze
Sebastiano Timpanaro
Ernst Mayr
Stephen Jay Gould
Charles Sanders Peirce
Alasdair MacIntyre
Fredric Jameson
Simone De Beauvoir
Lao-Tzu
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby hyksos on April 25th, 2016, 6:51 pm 

Like
- Auguste Comte
- Kant
- Richard Feynman
- James Ladyman
- Dewey
- Chalmers
- Thomas Hobbes

Dislike
-Heidegger
-Nietszche
-Kierkegaard

My hatred of Heidegger grows ever stronger with time. ( I was actually banned from a chat room because of my critique of him)
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby TheVat on April 26th, 2016, 11:51 am 

Nice list, but I haven't read any Ladyman, so now you've given me something to look up. I'm a Feynman fan, though I never thought of him specifically as a philosopher. Feynman himself, you may know, looked askance at philosophers and was quoted as saying "Philosophers are tourists."
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby hyksos on April 27th, 2016, 3:38 pm 

Feynman is not a philosopher. In a strange roundabout way, he has had a huge impact on me philosophically.

Two things stand out.

Feynman once became testy (overly testy I think) with an interviewer who asked him why magnets attract each other and you can feel a force with your fingers and hands. Feynman was getting flustered because he understood that science does not tell us why any of this is happening. It only tells us that it does happen. Years later, I realize this was a digression on Feynman's part (or was it?). Feynman could have answered the interviewer by saying that modern physics views magnetism as a certain phenomenon in a grander ("grander" =all-encompassing) force of electromagnetism. And now EM is understood as a fundamental force in the universe (unlike how it was viewed during the victorian era). I think that might have been a more fitting answer to the interview and its context. Instead Feynman went directly and abruptly into the philosophical point.

He once said that electricity going through power lines and into the office of a dentist. That all this happening not because of the engineers who built it. It's happening because that is what nature does.

But anyways!

Yes I hate Heidegger passionately. The hatred is ever-growing. I think the flames of my hatred are further fueled by the fact that Heidegger is absolutely fawned over by academics inside of universities.

You should also know that among internet dwellers, there is a very large contingency of "Nietzsche fanboys" who think everything Nietzsche ever wrote is Gospel. Again the flames are fanned by the idiocy of the fanboyism surrounding the philosopher. I happen to think that Nietzsche was factually wrong about biology, and probably also a vitalist. (.. maybe I'll make a separate thread on this topic...)
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby TheVat on April 27th, 2016, 4:07 pm 

Heidegger did provoke thought with his "temporality" concept, but I haven't much warmed up to his whole being-over-thinking stuff. His anti-semitism and enthusiastic participation in the Nazi party are not endearing features. I don't think he understood at the time where Nazism was going, but for a philosopher to be so oblivious is pretty inexcusable.
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby Hendrick Laursen on May 26th, 2016, 2:01 am 

Braininvat » September 4th, 2015, 4:26 pm wrote:A BAKER'S DOZEN

These guys all made me think about things in a different way...

Whitehead
Tarski
Carnap
Quine
Godel
Feyerabend
Nagel
Chalmers
Parfit
Wittgenstein
Husserl
Kant
Spinoza


By the way, Godel seems to be one of the least understood ones.
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby Serpent on May 26th, 2016, 3:42 pm 

Like: George Carlin, William Shakespeare

Hate: Rene Descartes, Saul of tarsus

Others have come and gone; been favourites for a while, depending on age - mine, not theirs.
They're all irrelevant to me now, and mostly forgotten.
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Re: Top 5 favorite & disliked philosophers

Postby Athena on August 16th, 2016, 3:09 pm 

I am not well informed of all philosophers but I think Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Hegel and Scottish common sense philosophy, along with religious beliefs, have played strong roles in our history.
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