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3/9/2014 1:03:27 PM
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Who, in your opinion, is the most influential philosopher ever?

I'm going to say it would be a sort of economic/political-science philosopher. Even though they're relatively unknown, I'd say that their influences upon our market system has probably affected our day to day lives most.

Whaddya think?
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3/9/2014 1:32:41 PM
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3/9/2014 3:29:30 PM
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At 3/9/2014 1:03:27 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
Who, in your opinion, is the most influential philosopher ever?

I'm going to say it would be a sort of economic/political-science philosopher. Even though they're relatively unknown, I'd say that their influences upon our market system has probably affected our day to day lives most.

Whaddya think?

This one's tricky. I would pick Socrates but even the likes of Zeno and Parminedes preceded him. I guess I would still settle for him tho'. But I don't think you shoukd constrain yourself. For example Darwin and Jesus heavily influenced philosophy and history. Yet, they weren't philosophy students.
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3/9/2014 4:47:28 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/9/2014 1:03:27 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
Who, in your opinion, is the most influential philosopher ever?

I'm going to say it would be a sort of economic/political-science philosopher. Even though they're relatively unknown, I'd say that their influences upon our market system has probably affected our day to day lives most.

Whaddya think?

Plato. As A. N. Whitehead observed, the entire history of Western philosophy consists of footnotes to Plato.
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3/9/2014 5:06:53 PM
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I'd say maybe Adam Smith, cuz he kindof got the whole idea of economy and "gain" going...
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3/9/2014 7:07:05 PM
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At 3/9/2014 1:07:29 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
Aristotle without a doubt.

Randroid pleb, you would say that.

Socrates or Plato. Aristotle was lost to the west for half a century, while Plato embedded itself in christian philosophy.

Not to mention everything in Aristotle is a reaction to Plato.
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3/9/2014 7:07:46 PM
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At 3/9/2014 4:47:28 PM, charleslb wrote:
At 3/9/2014 1:03:27 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
Who, in your opinion, is the most influential philosopher ever?

I'm going to say it would be a sort of economic/political-science philosopher. Even though they're relatively unknown, I'd say that their influences upon our market system has probably affected our day to day lives most.

Whaddya think?

Plato. As A. N. Whitehead observed, the entire history of Western philosophy consists of footnotes to Plato.

This a thousand times.
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3/9/2014 7:15:42 PM
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At 3/9/2014 1:03:27 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
Who, in your opinion, is the most influential philosopher ever?

I'm going to say it would be a sort of economic/political-science philosopher. Even though they're relatively unknown, I'd say that their influences upon our market system has probably affected our day to day lives most.

Whaddya think?

William Lane Craig, hands down.

Jk.

Plato or Aristotle, really.
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3/9/2014 7:41:37 PM
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At 3/9/2014 7:15:42 PM, SovereignDream wrote:
At 3/9/2014 1:03:27 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
Who, in your opinion, is the most influential philosopher ever?

I'm going to say it would be a sort of economic/political-science philosopher. Even though they're relatively unknown, I'd say that their influences upon our market system has probably affected our day to day lives most.

Whaddya think?

William Lane Craig, hands down.


Jk.

Plato or Aristotle, really.

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3/9/2014 8:45:57 PM
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Immanuel Kant
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3/9/2014 8:54:04 PM
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Jesus of Nazareth(for very obvious reasons). Aristotle and Plato had significant amount of influence but they are not household names nor are their ideas. Most philosophers' ideas creep into societies by the night. No one realizes it usually except the philosophy connoisseurs.
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3/10/2014 12:54:25 AM
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At 3/9/2014 4:47:28 PM, charleslb wrote:
At 3/9/2014 1:03:27 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
Who, in your opinion, is the most influential philosopher ever?

I'm going to say it would be a sort of economic/political-science philosopher. Even though they're relatively unknown, I'd say that their influences upon our market system has probably affected our day to day lives most.

Whaddya think?

Plato. As A. N. Whitehead observed, the entire history of Western philosophy consists of footnotes to Plato.
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3/10/2014 9:25:27 AM
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At 3/9/2014 8:45:57 PM, ADreamOfLiberty wrote:
Immanuel Kant

I would have to agree.
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3/10/2014 2:02:24 PM
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At 3/10/2014 1:41:43 PM, invisibledeity wrote:
At 3/9/2014 8:45:57 PM, ADreamOfLiberty wrote:
Immanuel Kant

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3/10/2014 2:53:18 PM
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At 3/9/2014 5:06:53 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
I'd say maybe Adam Smith, cuz he kindof got the whole idea of economy and "gain" going...

Going in a wrong and catastrophic direction, that is. Yeah, thanks a lot, Adam Smith; for rationalizing socially-destructive economic self-interest, and a capitalist system that produces and perpetuates socioeconomic and political inequality, injustice, and domination. Yes, what a fine philosopher he was.
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3/10/2014 6:06:14 PM
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At 3/10/2014 2:53:18 PM, charleslb wrote:
At 3/9/2014 5:06:53 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
I'd say maybe Adam Smith, cuz he kindof got the whole idea of economy and "gain" going...

Going in a wrong and catastrophic direction, that is. Yeah, thanks a lot, Adam Smith; for rationalizing socially-destructive economic self-interest, and a capitalist system that produces and perpetuates socioeconomic and political inequality, injustice, and domination. Yes, what a fine philosopher he was.

Yeah but he was pretty influential.... lol. :P
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3/11/2014 10:03:27 PM
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At 3/9/2014 7:07:05 PM, Raisor wrote:
At 3/9/2014 1:07:29 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
Aristotle without a doubt.

Randroid pleb, you would say that.

Socrates or Plato. Aristotle was lost to the west for half a century, while Plato embedded itself in christian philosophy.

Not to mention everything in Aristotle is a reaction to Plato.

I agree.
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3/14/2014 5:29:50 PM
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How about Confucius? He was so deep in the meaning and practices of life that I think he predicted the future. You can look up things that he believed in (not quotes because he was illliterate) and will more than likely find it true or can relate to it. Its almost like he sat and thought for hours about how something in life can relate to everyone and society. He made people realize things that they have never been able to put words to or have considered.
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3/29/2014 9:07:24 PM
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At 3/14/2014 6:30:47 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Jesus! Boom, l just flushed out the atheists

Hmm... does he really count as a philosopher?
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3/29/2014 9:10:27 PM
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At 3/29/2014 9:07:24 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
At 3/14/2014 6:30:47 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Jesus! Boom, l just flushed out the atheists

Hmm... does he really count as a philosopher?

Yeah, as he taught basic human condition and how to better yourself. I personally like the teachings of Sun Yat-Sen. Unfortunately, he is only influential in Taiwan and the US. He did influence a lot of nationalist riots and protests following the CCP taking power, but they have since erased all traces of democracy and progresivism.
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3/29/2014 9:11:16 PM
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At 3/29/2014 9:10:27 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
At 3/29/2014 9:07:24 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
At 3/14/2014 6:30:47 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Jesus! Boom, l just flushed out the atheists

Hmm... does he really count as a philosopher?

Yeah, as he taught basic human condition and how to better yourself. I personally like the teachings of Sun Yat-Sen. Unfortunately, he is only influential in Taiwan and the US. He did influence a lot of nationalist riots and protests following the CCP taking power, but they have since erased all traces of democracy and progresivism.

I suppose in a broad sense of philosophy you could put any religious leader....
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"primal man had the habit, when he came into contact with fire, of satisfying the infantile desire connected with it, by putting it out with a stream of his urine... Putting out the fire by micturating was therefore a kind of sexual act with a male, an enjoyment of sexual potency in a homosexual competition."
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3/29/2014 9:13:17 PM
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At 3/29/2014 9:11:16 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
At 3/29/2014 9:10:27 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
At 3/29/2014 9:07:24 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
At 3/14/2014 6:30:47 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Jesus! Boom, l just flushed out the atheists

Hmm... does he really count as a philosopher?

Yeah, as he taught basic human condition and how to better yourself. I personally like the teachings of Sun Yat-Sen. Unfortunately, he is only influential in Taiwan and the US. He did influence a lot of nationalist riots and protests following the CCP taking power, but they have since erased all traces of democracy and progresivism.

I suppose in a broad sense of philosophy you could put any religious leader....

Not really. Some religious leaders just told people what to do. Jesus actually took time to explain basic conditions and human nature. Muhammad's Koran really just had what you need to do to get here.
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3/29/2014 9:14:15 PM
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At 3/29/2014 9:13:17 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
At 3/29/2014 9:11:16 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
At 3/29/2014 9:10:27 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
At 3/29/2014 9:07:24 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
At 3/14/2014 6:30:47 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Jesus! Boom, l just flushed out the atheists

Hmm... does he really count as a philosopher?

Yeah, as he taught basic human condition and how to better yourself. I personally like the teachings of Sun Yat-Sen. Unfortunately, he is only influential in Taiwan and the US. He did influence a lot of nationalist riots and protests following the CCP taking power, but they have since erased all traces of democracy and progresivism.

I suppose in a broad sense of philosophy you could put any religious leader....

Not really. Some religious leaders just told people what to do. Jesus actually took time to explain basic conditions and human nature. Muhammad's Koran really just had what you need to do to get here.

I meant as in someone who described religious stuff, not just a leader...
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3/29/2014 9:14:56 PM
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At 3/29/2014 9:14:15 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
At 3/29/2014 9:13:17 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
At 3/29/2014 9:11:16 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
At 3/29/2014 9:10:27 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
At 3/29/2014 9:07:24 PM, zmikecuber wrote:
At 3/14/2014 6:30:47 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
Jesus! Boom, l just flushed out the atheists

Hmm... does he really count as a philosopher?

Yeah, as he taught basic human condition and how to better yourself. I personally like the teachings of Sun Yat-Sen. Unfortunately, he is only influential in Taiwan and the US. He did influence a lot of nationalist riots and protests following the CCP taking power, but they have since erased all traces of democracy and progresivism.

I suppose in a broad sense of philosophy you could put any religious leader....

Not really. Some religious leaders just told people what to do. Jesus actually took time to explain basic conditions and human nature. Muhammad's Koran really just had what you need to do to get here.

I meant as in someone who described religious stuff, not just a leader...
Yeah, like saint Paul and Saladin.
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3/30/2014 8:27:20 PM
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What qualifies someone as the most influential philosopher? The number of people they inspired, or the impact of their work on the world?
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