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    BBC Radio appears on the verge of having Marx ranked #1 on their Greatest Philosopher poll

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    My favourite philosopher is Platon.This guy had a good attitude.Worry less do moore.
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    Umm... how do you vote? Or don't we get to?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurin_Rules
    Umm... how do you vote? Or don't we get to?

    You can vote if you wish. Go to the site. It is self-explanatory.

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    Socrates. A 70 year old who gets condemned for corrupting the youth, what a genius.


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    WOW, Except for Epicurus and Wittgenstein, this is the exact same poll I made in the .org. Some people(the smartasses) didn't think it had the one's they liked though. Well, soooooorrrrrryyyy.

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    Well BP-san does that make you more mainstream then you thought?

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    phi·los·o·pher ( P ) Pronunciation Key (f-ls-fr)
    n.
    A student of or specialist in philosophy.
    A person who lives and thinks according to a particular philosophy.
    A person whose mathmatics skills do not rate high enough to do science.
    A person who is calm and rational under any circumstances.
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    I do not worry myself with such things as being "out of the box" as much as most people. I only care about what I think works for me(in terms of philosophy), everything else is meaningless to me.

    A person whose mathematics skills do not rate high enough to do science.
    The person who wrote that doesn't know how to spell mathematics.

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    I don't see any results published yet Pindar so how do you know Marx is doing so well? Anyway he would be a very deserving winner if he did win. I voted for Sartre, clearly the most inspirational and ground breaking there for the 20th century at least.

    I ace'd a philosophy exam on Hume on Friday so maybe I should place a vote for him out of sincere gratitude, but nah, why bother. ;p
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    INEZ: One always dies too soon - or too late. And yet one's whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are - your life, and nothing else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAG
    I don't see any results published yet Pindar so how do you know Marx is doing so well?
    Based on one of the philosophy blogs I frequent. I think the fellow knows someone involved in the project.

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    Anyway he would be a very deserving winner if he did win.
    People are selected based on how many people their crackpot ideas have killed? Huh, this is a different kind of philosophy than what I'm used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazed Rabbit
    People are selected based on how many people their crackpot ideas have killed? Huh, this is a different kind of philosophy than what I'm used to.

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    Aquinas would win then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crazed Rabbit
    People are selected based on how many people their crackpot ideas have killed? Huh, this is a different kind of philosophy than what I'm used to.

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    There are no capitalist philosophers there CR, you must be confused.


    Based on one of the philosophy blogs I frequent. I think the fellow knows someone involved in the project.
    Fair enough, as I said I think he would be a very, very deserving winner. Him, Sartre and Mill are head and shoulders above the rest in my opinion.

    Even if you don't like Marx's philosophy recognise that it has had an important effect on our politics - and not in the obvious way of 'communist' states we have had - but in the reality that a whole new frame work from govt emerged and from that has come the socialist movement, which has benefitted millions across the world.
    GARCIN: I "dreamt," you say. It was no dream. When I chose the hardest path, I made my choice deliberately. A man is what he wills himself to be.
    INEZ: Prove it. Prove it was no dream. It's what one does, and nothing else, that shows the stuff one's made of.
    GARCIN: I died too soon. I wasn't allowed time to - to do my deeds.
    INEZ: One always dies too soon - or too late. And yet one's whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are - your life, and nothing else.

    Jean Paul Sartre - No Exit 1944

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byzantine Prince
    I do not worry myself with such things as being "out of the box" as much as most people. I only care about what I think works for me(in terms of philosophy), everything else is meaningless to me.

    The person who wrote that doesn't know how to spell mathematics.
    "To be normal is to be ill fated."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papewaio
    "To be normal is to be ill fated."

    Note to self : Must spell check jokes from now on.
    Uhhh, these guys are not mainstream. Most people don't even know who most if not all of them are. I highly doubt Nietzsche or Hume(especially) would considered normal by any stretch of the imagination and they are some of my favorites, along with Seneca.

    And yes you must spell check more often if you don't even know how to spell mathematics correctly.

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    Doing a physics degree means to exist outside the normal.
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    Is it just me or is there something deeply, deeply ironic in the idea of a poll to find a favourite philosopher?

    "The goal of philosophy is popular acclaim" Discuss (20 Marx)

    Not that that stopped me voting for Popper. Although then it occured to me that by voting for a philosophy that implies that you cannot tell if it is true or not I put myself in the same camp as those French frauds JAG likes so much, arggggggh...

    Surely the success of Marx is particularly hard to understand given that he is one of the few philosophers who can be said, without fear of contradiction, and on the basis of the clearest possible historical evidence, to have been wrong?
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    Surely the success of Marx is particularly hard to understand given that he is one of the few philosophers who can be said, without fear of contradiction, and on the basis of the clearest possible historical evidence, to have been wrong?
    Aristotle said frogs are generated from mud. Marx is probably winning because his name is known. Put Hitler on the list and he might stand a chance too.

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    I suppose I should have said that Marx's philosophy has been shown to be wrong. I dare say one or two other philosophers have been wrong on a factual issue (such as whether frogs spontaneously arise in mud)...

    No doubt you are right about why he is winning although you would have thought that the sort of person who logs onto a poll on philosophy would have heard of at least some other philosophers. Still, i suppose everyone has heard of Marx.
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