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Philosophy
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Philosophy

1 Name: Calvin : 2021-04-23 16:29
Recently I have been reading a lot of Greek Philosophy, Heraclitus, Plato and Aristotle. What are your favorite Philosophers, Greek or otherwise?
2 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-24 06:22
I am too retarded for philosophy.
3 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-25 03:51
It'd have to be Seneca the Younger. I go back to read his essay On the Shortness of Life whenever I need a kick in the butt and a sense of urgency.
4 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-25 20:05
Plato, Aristotle. My main interest in Greek philosophy are the Hermetic texts though.

The other major philosophy I enjoy is the American's Transcendentalism. Thoreau's Walden and Emerson's essay on the Over-Soul are always among my recommended works.
5 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-29 00:55
TOP 3 BEST PHILOSOPHERS (NEW!!!)
1) Maine de Biran, The Holy One
2) Mulla Sadra, The Terror of the Peri[patetics]
3) Saint Peter Damian, The Destroyer of the Worlds

I like Shaykh Ahmad a lot too, but he is too obscurantist.
Lately, because of the quarantine, I am in a deep relationship with this old man, and no, I am catholic, deeply.
6 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-29 00:56
>>4
I read Walden in my teens, it completely changed my life, for good.
7 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-29 06:12
>>6
I never liked Thoreau's writings. His stuff always seemed to have a slight sanctimonious air; as if he was trying to "show off" in some sort of spartan challenge. See Kathryn Schulz's critique that expounds on this viewpoint

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/10/19/pond-scum
8 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-29 21:08
>>7
I agree with most of the points in this article, but how she uses them to come to a conclusion is odd. Thoreau is undoubtedly misanthropic, however the quotes read in their full context makes it clear this misanthropy is what motivates his investigation of the natural world. Perhaps there is value in pointing this out to people who only casually know Walden through famous quotes, but devaluing the work entirely because of this is malicious.

I think its interested that Schulz's judgement of Thoreau is ultimately about the value of individualism. Personal independence and self-reliance have long been part of the American national identity. That, however, clashes with the desperate need for social cohesion that the country is experiencing today.

Its a discussion worth having. But it'd be more honest to talk about the tension between past and present openly than to use personality as an excuse to dismiss an influential writer.
9 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-30 00:49
>>7
I just read the text, it seemed very satanic, only the demon could come with such an accusation. What does it matter if he didn't fully live what he preached?
Hypocrisy is the process between sincerity and submission, hypocrisy does not opposed sincerity, nor sincerity is a virtue but a false-virtue, this distinction is very well exposed by the french moralists, especially the augustinian-strict line: Berulle, Esprit, Pascal...

I'd rather believe that he really aspired for those values than just accuse him of being a charlatan because he's not the Incarnated Verbum Dei creating the real by means of words. He was an ordinary man fighting his own demons.

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