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Best Writing Style?

Fkkize
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10/8/2015 12:35:29 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Which philosopher has in your opinion the best writing style? Why?

For me it is Derek Parfit.
He writes clearly and packs an incredible amount of argumentation in each page. Every time you turn over you feel like progress has been made.

He achieves this in starting with some claim or principle, like

The Rational Agreement Formula: Everyone ought to follow the principles to whose being universally accepted it would be rational for everyone to agree.

Then he makes one or two thought experiments to see how it holds up and if it does not, formulate an improved version of it.
He develops some principle over the course of a chapter, which makes reading Parfit extremely satisfying.
ShabShoral
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10/8/2015 8:00:49 PM
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In terms of actual power of explication or in terms of style alone?

Spinoza for the former, Nietzsche for the latter.
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10/8/2015 8:10:52 PM
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At 10/8/2015 8:00:49 PM, ShabShoral wrote:
In terms of actual power of explication or in terms of style alone?

Spinoza for the former, Nietzsche for the latter.
BlueDreams
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10/11/2015 12:45:42 AM
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Shelly Kagan is good at clarity and interest. I think the best literary style has to be Nietzsche.
YYW
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10/11/2015 1:33:38 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 10/8/2015 12:35:29 PM, Fkkize wrote:

Wittgenstein. Hands down. No question. His writing is clear, lucid, and beautifully organized. This is unique among philosophers.

With Wittgenstein, you will--or at least you should--never be lost.

The most challenging writing style employed by individuals who said meaningful things, I think, is going to be a toss up between Foucault and Kant.

I will be amused if anyone cites Derrida, because if they do, they have been duped. Derrida is utterly useless.
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10/10/2017 10:00:41 AM
Posted: 2 months ago
Wittgenstein's works are among the greatest literary achievements.

Spinoza is crystalline beauty.

Aristotle is unmatchable brilliance.

Cioran, Zapffe, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche - have given me much comfort on lonely nights.
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: Bossy: You are Regina.

:Inferno wrote:
:You sound rather gay.

-- And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

"I believe that my powers of mind are surely such that I would have become in a
certain sense a resolver of all problems. I do not believe that I could have remained in
error anywhere for long. I believe that I would have earned the name of Redeemer,
because I had the nature of a Redeemer. "
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10/10/2017 11:16:31 AM
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At 10/11/2015 1:33:38 AM, YYW wrote:
I will be amused if anyone cites Derrida, because if they do, they have been duped. Derrida is utterly useless.

Disagree. Derrida is unmatched in terms of skill and detail of writing, in my opinion. His influence profoundly raised standards of intellectual rigor and ethical accountability in academic works.