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Originally posted by vicen
Excellent list, but no Plato?!
My own favourites, in no particular order, would be, -
Plato, Plotinus, Ficino, Emerson, Averroes, Eriugena, William James,
Bergson, Meister Eckhart, Henry More...
In terms of the influence they had, obviously Descartes or Kant would rank
higher for many people, but I get the most inspiration from these philosophers.
Originally posted by vicen
I agree entirely about the Platonic ideas, but can't concur with your other point.
Without Plato, - no aristotle, no Plotinus, no Proclus; what would Augustine have been minus the Platonic influence? And regarding Platonism in general, think of hermetic thought, gnosticism, cabalism, Giordano Bruno, the Platonic elements in Aquinas, pseudo-Dionysius, Avicenna, scholasticism, mysticism, Islamic philosophy - these are just off the top off my head, and they are all saturated with Plato.
It's no doubt a cliche, but Plato & Aristotle are the gods of philosophy, & always will be in my view.
Originally posted by zeddissad
reply to post by vicen
Meister Eckhart is for sure common sense voice - also my favorite. Now my language capabilities are good enough to reed st. Thomas or Eckhart. No, I do not understand Latin, but I understand English ... and I can compare different translations. Often English translation is better then Czech. Sometimes not. We are 10 million language spit on World face but our parents and grandparents did a good job. As everywhere at Europe first national masterpiece was translation of Bible. Bible Kralická was one of first critical/modern translations of Bible. We are at dissent from 15. century. Against Rome, against bad landlords, against Hapsburgs occupants of Czech Crone, against greedy capitalists, against stupid Bolsheviks, against greedy capitalists again ... We are the people. Once again sorry - now I'm drunken.
Originally posted by colloredbrothers
Terence Mckenna and me.
Originally posted by SpectreDC
Socrates in my opinion should be at the very least the foundation for any philosopher.
Buddha, without question, was a genius. When you study Buddha's original teachings, you realize just how thorough and nuance heavy his philosophical ideas are. They are amazing, and incredibly insightful on their own.
Terence McKenna, to me, is sort of an idle. Look up his books and find his speeches because this man was an absolute genius and incredibly unique in my opinion.
Frankly, while I disagree with plenty, there is a good chance that if you're a philosopher, you're a genius in your own right.
Also, who ever mentioned Bruce Lee; nice. People DO overlook Lee because he's seen as a movie star and a badass. He was incredibly intelligent and frankly is one of the last kung fu artists popularly known that understood that martial arts aren't just a way to hone to body, but the mind and soul as well. Remember, Shaolin Temple is a Buddhist monastery of the Zen branch. Yeah, they do some crazy stuff and could kick your ass most likely, but the purpose of their training is not to become ass kickers, it is to become enlightened. Most martial arts from China were developed as forms of Zen meditation and each school had it's own philosophy.
Greatest Philosophers in your mind[?]
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