In your opinion, which philosopher was or is closest to an objective truth, if such a thing exists?
Which philosopher was Icarus? Watch
- Thread Starter
- 31-10-2017 11:39
- 01-11-2017 10:06
I don't think that Icarus has been agreed to categorically represent getting close to objective truth. I thought that Icarus getting too close to
the sun was supposed to represent over-ambition, or fascination with distant, powerful, things.
The sun as objective truth (the 'light' is a metaphor that I thought was Platonic instead. (But that doesn't mean that Plato was closest to objective truth himself).
A combination of Nietzsche and John Stuart Mill perhaps. People imagine that there are powerful people, and they grant that they are powerful by fearing them, or respecting them. But, when it suits them, people also turn against these powerful people, even if they are ultimately kind to them, because they have been told that democracy and free thinking is necessarily a good.Last edited by Picnic1; 05-11-2017 at 23:16.
- 03-11-2017 01:49