The greatest (dead) philosophers


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.

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:" 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 matt warren on May 24, 2011 at 12:21am
Comment by Pansy on May 23, 2011 at 7:46pm
by all means, matt, start a conversation, ask a question, add a quote, leave a comment about your favorite.   :)
Comment by matt warren on May 23, 2011 at 11:10am

I see a lot of talk about philosophers here but not a lot of philosophy.

looks like more of a fan club than a philosophy group.

Comment by Jedi Wanderer on January 11, 2011 at 11:52am

On the subject of Plato:


The deeper your understanding of philosophy gets, the more you realize who you like and who you don't, and why. I too started out believing that I was not too much of a fan of Plato and preferred Aristotle because he rejected what Plato embraces, which is a transcendant, supernatural world which is used to explain things here on earth. I must say, however, his metaphysics aside, Plato is steadily becoming one of my favorites to read. I just finished a paper on "Symposium" which, if you have not read it, is a delightful book on the subject of love. Plato was wrong about many things, but he should be forgiven and his place as easily one of the best philosophers of all time should be acknowledged.


For those that don't know, "Symposium" is about a group of 7 people or so (one of them is Socrates), sitting around on couches in a living room, drinking wine and each taking turns praising the god of love, Eros, in their own manner. Pretty freakin cool plot, wouldn't you agree?

Comment by Anne Ockershausen on January 8, 2011 at 10:19pm

Speaking of how great a philosopher Jesus was, anyone seen a film called "The Man From Earth"?  You can watch it on Netflix.  It's a really, really great and provocative film.  It is filmed almost entirely in one location, a small room, as a discussion between 7 or 8 old friends in a single evening, yet it is immanently watchable.  I won't spoil things, but do try to see it - if you can't, at least google it.


Comment by Gwaithmir on December 4, 2010 at 5:37pm
"If you wish to be a writer---write!"
Comment by Pansy on October 31, 2010 at 9:09am
i believe you just did..... was there something in particular you wanted to say about him?........ what did he contribute to the great philosophy field? here's the place to do it!
Comment by Hache Agiñaga on October 30, 2010 at 12:32am
how come nobody mentions Karl Popper?
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on September 26, 2010 at 4:37pm
I believe it was a slogan before Mark Epstein's book.
I found Ethics on Wikipedia. Rather boring article.
Too much academic technical language.
It's 105 F outside where I live and over 98 for several days. The air conditioner in my apt doesn't work. Which has nothing to do with ethics, but just so give an example of why I can't concentrate on this subject for now.
later, Gary
Comment by Pansy on September 24, 2010 at 7:02pm
hello geraldo, welcome.....i believe the slogan you're speaking of is from the title of a book by mark epstein...... who do you read now? who would you like to learn more about?

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