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    Chomsky, greatest intellect of our time imo.


    "States are not moral agents, people are, and can impose moral standards on powerful institutions."



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    (Original post by josh_cook)
    Only somebody who has no understanding of Nietzsche's work could say he was a clown.
    Only someone with no understanding of the concept of opinion could say that disregarding others' opinions was necessarily symptomatic of lack of understanding of these other opinions
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    Marx. I can't pick holes in his philosophy the way I can with others.
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    Wittgenstein, it's not even close.
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    (Original post by Noxious-Nikki)
    Marx. I can't pick holes in his philosophy the way I can with others.
    These other philosophers being your younger siblings, then? Marx is riddled with holes
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    (Original post by Tuerin)
    Only someone with no understanding of the concept of opinion could say that disregarding others' opinions was necessarily symptomatic of lack of understanding of these other opinions
    For someone who denounces Nietzsche for his "pretentious rhetorical crap" you seem to be quite fond of spouting it yourself.
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    (Original post by Tuerin)
    These other philosophers being your younger siblings, then? Marx is riddled with holes
    Oh i'm sure there are holes, there are holes in everyones arguments. But Marx feels right to me.
    I think i'll avoid a philosophical debate tonight, i'm too sleepy, so i'll say 'hell you're probably right', renounce my beliefs and fall asleep.
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    My second favourite philosopher is myself because he's thinks a lot like me and his view of the world according to my professional opinion is close to perfect.

    As to the third its hard to say. Most philosophers think alike.

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    (Original post by StUdEnTIGCSE)
    As to the third its hard to say. Most philosophers think alike.

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    I don't know, they disagree on almost everything.
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    (Original post by josh_cook)
    For someone who denounces Nietzsche for his "pretentious rhetorical crap" you seem to be quite fond of spouting it yourself.
    You might notice I was adopting your own pretentious phrasing to point out how ridiculous it sounded. Youch. As for what I was saying, I note you aren't actually arguing with the point, cheap and bitterly ironic insults aside.
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    (Original post by jkap)
    Wittgenstein, it's not even close.
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    (Original post by Tuerin)
    You might notice I was adopting your own pretentious phrasing to point out how ridiculous it sounded. Youch. As for what I was saying, I note you aren't actually arguing with the point, cheap and bitterly ironic insults aside.
    I just think you're sorely missing out if you dismiss Nietzsche so readily.

    Keep in mind that Nietzsche's style of writing is due to his rejection of any systematized thought. If he replicated a traditional style of Philosophical writing, it would be undermining to his own Philosophy.
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    I had a book introducing Philosophy recommended to me (on TSR actually) and I'm enjoying it, however, I am struggling a little I will admit.

    I'm just wondering if anyone else was like this initially and if anyone has any further books to recommend (for a Newbie) I'd appreciate it


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    (Original post by josh_cook)
    I just think you're sorely missing out if you dismiss Nietzsche so readily.

    Keep in mind that Nietzsche's style of writing is due to his rejection of any systematized thought. If he replicated a traditional style of Philosophical writing, it would be undermining to his own Philosophy.
    What I was referring to when I said that was the excessive rhetoric I feel is in his work. It doesn't contribute anything to his arguments, it only dilutes them and makes me suspect he's trying to compensate
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    (Original post by Tuerin)
    What I was referring to when I said that was the excessive rhetoric I feel is in his work. It doesn't contribute anything to his arguments, it only dilutes them and makes me suspect he's trying to compensate
    I know what you're saying, but I don't think it's something to complain about - there's some really beautiful language in Nietzsche!
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    (Original post by Aries1992)
    I had a book introducing Philosophy recommended to me (on TSR actually) and I'm enjoying it, however, I am struggling a little I will admit.

    I'm just wondering if anyone else was like this initially and if anyone has any further books to recommend (for a Newbie) I'd appreciate it

    I think Bertrand Russell's 'History of Western Philosophy' is a great overview. Obviously keep in mind it's a philosopher analysing, and at times critiquing, the work of other philosophers.

    If you're British, I think starting out reading the work of native English speakers is a good idea. Language and culture effect written work and can influence understanding.

    Someone above made a completely asinine comment about Russell's popularity amongst philosophy students, as if to say one is a philistine for appreciating his work.

    Nonsense.

    In my opinion, obviously.
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    (Original post by AtlasCanTakeIt)
    I think Bertrand Russell's 'History of Western Philosophy' is a great overview. Obviously keep in mind it's a philosopher analysing, and at times critiquing, the work of other philosophers.

    If you're British, I think starting out reading the work of native English speakers is a good idea. Language and culture effect written work and can influence understanding.

    Someone above made a completely asinine comment about Russell's popularity amongst philosophy students, as if to say one is a philistine for appreciating his work.

    Nonsense.

    In my opinion, obviously.
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    (Original post by Melancholy)
    That really doesn't do justice to Kant's moral philosophy, tbh. The Bible does not specify any sophisticated reasoning behind its commandments, whilst Kant develops a system for deriving morals.

    Kant and Rawls both articulate a hugely interesting normative principle, imo. For moral and political philosophy, respectively, they're immensely influential.

    My favourite philosopher is John Rawls - all his essays up to and including his book on 'A Theory of Justice'. After than he goes downhill by conceding too much to opponents. His work on the original position thought experiment, rather than his principles, are perhaps his greatest legacy.
    I think kant does his own injustice to his own philosophy. Look. Kant's categorical imperative is a moral judgement. The spirit in which Kant philosophised was that of a Christian.
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    dostoyevsky <3

    solovy'ov is rather good fun, too.
 
 
 
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