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There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.

 
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There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
Who was the last truly great philosopher, in the sense of somebody who can stand with the greats in history? Maybe Wittgenstein or Heidegger? I don't consider the postomodernits (Foucault, Derrida, etc.) to be great thinkers who will stand the test of time; history will ultimately give them a thumbs-down, I am quite sure.

In our own time there are a few people who might condsider themselves "philosophers" in this classical sense, but they are basically all academics who write commentaries on commentaries, and are micro-specialized in arcane, obscure areas. History will forget them too.

Where are the people who are writing the great foundation-shaking theories of being, tackling the essential issues from fresh perspectives? Where are the ontologists, the epistimiologists? Every age in hisory has had them...except ours.

Have we run out of great ideas? Or is our intellectual culture so impoverished that it can't give birth to truly original, earth-shaking thinkers anymore?
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12/06/2012 12:48 AM
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
Dr. Phil...how's that work for yah?
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
Dr. Phil...how's that work for yah?
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:snicker:

Not well enough, unfortunately.
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
Mordier L'eft

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12/06/2012 12:51 AM
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
what the fuck

Carlin hasn't been dead THAT long...
--"In this era of great big brains anything that can happen will. So hunker down." -- Kurt Vonnegut, JR. -- Galapagos.
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
TUPAC SHAKUR

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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
Because everyone thinks deeply in this day and age, and we also have the sciences.
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
Glp IS the home for great philosophers
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12/06/2012 12:58 AM
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
You cannot fill a cup which is already full.

I see philosophers on here every day. It's just that we're so drowned out in what we see on TV and hear on the radio and read on the internet that we've ceased acknowledging things we cannot perceive to be novel in regards to the normal.

As a society we've drifted to insanity.
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12/06/2012 01:00 AM
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
the world has gone pop philosophy. easy answers for lazy fuks
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12/06/2012 01:02 AM
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
Perhaps no-one's tried to make the stone for a good long time.
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12/06/2012 01:03 AM
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
You cannot fill a cup which is already full.

I see philosophers on here every day. It's just that we're so drowned out in what we see on TV and hear on the radio and read on the internet that we've ceased acknowledging things we cannot perceive to be novel in regards to the normal.

As a society we've drifted to insanity.
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Don't confuse insane babble for deep thought.
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12/06/2012 01:06 AM
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
Perhaps you haven't heard of Terrence McKenna? Truly one of the most inspirational men of our time.

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12/06/2012 01:20 AM
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
Philosophy in an ongoing process. A team sport.
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12/06/2012 01:30 AM
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Re: There have been no great philosophers in quite some time.
I agree, McKenna kicks philosophical ass.

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