The greatest (dead) philosophers

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The greatest (dead) philosophers

Discuss the greats: Socrates, Voltaire, Spinoza, Hume, Nietzsche, Descarte, Aristotle, Epictetus...

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Was Socrates Mentally Ill?

Started by Mark D. Zima Nov 17, 2011. 0 Replies

My video:  "Socrates: Mentally Ill Mystic?" for Philosophy Day.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNBpaXgDJmcContinue

First Annual Philosophy Day on YouTube, November 17th

Started by Mark D. Zima Nov 15, 2011. 0 Replies

This event (First Annual Philosophy Day on YouTube, November 17th) is being hosted by the bubbamickmac YouTube channel.  Please watch the explanatory video:…Continue

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Has anyone read 'Meditations' by Marcus Aurelius (sp)?

Started by Tonya Wynn. Last reply by Mark Johnston Oct 18, 2011. 5 Replies

Do you recommend it?  Liked The Prince by Machiavelli alot.  But not crazy about many of the philosophers, though I love philosophy.  Loved Ayn Rand, too.

socratic sayings

Started by matt warren May 17, 2011. 0 Replies

I am going crazy trying to find a quote by Socrates:"...my back is broad and my skin is thick"....Hitchens uses it a lot and I have been trying to find it in the collected writings of Plato.Can…Continue

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Comment by Pansy on September 24, 2010 at 7:02pm
hello geraldo, welcome.....i believe the slogan you're speaking of is from the title of a book by mark epstein...... who do you read now? who would you like to learn more about?
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 24, 2010 at 6:53pm
I'm knew to this group. I'm most interested in the classical philosophers on the subject of ethics (morals) and social behavior.
I like the new Humanist slogan, "Good Without God".
-- Gary
Comment by Pansy on September 4, 2010 at 8:40pm
john, i don't recall saying spinoza wasn't a theist; my group is philosophers, not theists and non theists..... i haven't read john calvin, so i have no comment on him....... and YOUR lack of correct spelling disgusts me...... (your as opposed to you're = you are) :)
Comment by John Ferrigo on September 4, 2010 at 8:23pm
Spinoza was a theist. If Spinoza was of the greatest philosophers, than so was John Calvin. You're carelessness in logic disgusts me.
Comment by Pansy on August 22, 2010 at 11:27am
seneca is a bit boring; i think marcus arillieus (?) is a bit of a bore too.... i tried reading spinoza last week. wow...... he lost me in the first few paragraphs of ethics and on the improvement of the understanding....ha, i didn't understand it at all! oh well...... another time maybe.
Comment by Jason George on August 21, 2010 at 9:07pm
Reading Seneca. Tried some of his writings 15 years ago or more; didn't care for it. Thought I'd give it another go with "Morales of a happy life". Still can't get into it. Will be happy when I'm done and can move on.
Comment by Pansy on August 18, 2010 at 10:55pm
so, i've been reading some nietzsche, "the antichrist", to be specific. i loved it. for anyone who is deeply atheist, you will enjoy it. if you've not yet read it, give it a look...... i'm also reading "descartes bones". i was hooked half way through the first chapter!..... i have not read descartes' "discourse on method" yet, but, it's on my 'next in line list'....... Has anyone read epictetus' "art of living"? if not, another fantastic book, if so, what did you think.....
Comment by Pansy on August 5, 2010 at 5:34pm
philosophy is a fascinating subject. i can't explain why i steer toward certain philosophers more than others. some are easier for me to understand; plato is not one of them. and no, that isn't the reason i don't agree with his ideas. to me, he just simply doesn't make sense.

i'm not familiar with ong?....is that a person?
Comment by Al-KADIM on August 5, 2010 at 3:20pm
"anyone can repeat a philosopher's words to make himself sound intelligent, but to apply those words into his life and transform others for the better, well, that's a true human being."

Perhaps, but it is not what philosophy is about. Also, I am bemused by you saying that you don't like Plato but you like Socrates? Based on what? Aristophanes The Clouds? Or perhaps through Ong's interpretation of Socrates as a rejection of writing?
Comment by Pansy on August 3, 2010 at 7:23pm
@ al kadim... i necessarily picked these few named because i know them better (so far) than others...... of course you're free to discuss whomever you like......personally i don't care for plato and am yet undecided on kant.....
 

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