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 Al-KADIM on August 3, 2010 at 1:54pm
True, my bad. I kinda ignored the parentheses.
Comment by Jaume on August 3, 2010 at 1:46pm
Isn't it a bit too early to include Slavoj Žižek in a list of dead philosophers?
Comment by Joan Denoo on August 2, 2010 at 10:45pm
I have no business being in this group because I have absolutely no knowledge or experience with any of them. However, I am eager to gain understanding.
Comment by Al-KADIM on August 2, 2010 at 10:10pm
Since Slavoj Zizek isn't very well known outside of academic circles, I thought I would start with one of my favorite quotes by him:

"On the Celestial Seasonings green tea packet there is a short explanation of its benefits: 'Green tea is a natural source of antioxidants, which neutralize harmful molecules in the body known as free radicals. By taming free radicals, antioxidants help the body maintain its natural health.' Mutatis mutandis, is not the notion of totalitarianism one of the main ideological antioxidants, whose function throughout its career was to tame free radicals, and thus to help the social body to maintain its politico-ideological good health?"
Comment by Al-KADIM on August 2, 2010 at 10:03pm
I'm actually quite curious as to why you picked these individuals as philosophers. Socrates but not Plato? Voltaire but not Kant? No twentieth century thinkers (Russell, Heidegger (gasp), Wittgenstein, Derrida, Foucault, Zizek)? What is it that makes someone a great philosopher?
 

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