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Who are the greatest philosophers of all time?

asked 02 Jan '10, 19:46

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edited 02 Jan '10, 22:27

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I believe the answer to this varies to each according to their needs, so what is highly profound to one is highly profane to another, and likewise in the reverse to yet another.

With this in mind there can be no ultimate greatest for one and all. Only to each according to what they seek can there be a greatest and that greatest shifts with progress. Last week it was this one now this week it is that one.

Since the greatest philosopher depends on the individual, look in the mirror and you find him, not one of us can have another take the journey of enlightenment for us.


answered 02 Jan '10, 22:01

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edited 02 Jan '10, 22:36

William James was a nifty American philosopher who did something nobody else had done before him: He studied man's relationship with God. He wrote a great book, which I recommend for those who want to know about how people of all types worship and have a relationship with God. His book is called, "The Varieties of Religious Experience." (The book was delivered in a series of lectures.)

There have been many great philosophers....too many of them are favorites of mine...but James stands out to me because he dared to look at spirituality objectively in his series of lectures, and managed to catalogue our relationships with God quite well.

Love, Jai


answered 02 Jan '10, 22:37

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Well, i would say that Socrates would hold the title and the most influential philosopher ever, because he formed the basis of reason, and taught us to question. Personally, my favorite remains Nietzsche, because of his works on religion and absolute morality.


answered 30 Sep '11, 14:26

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i'll place my vote on Pythagoras

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answered 01 Oct '11, 00:12

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well i can make you a list of them but it would be very wide so i will only name a fee: jesus, buddha, lao tzu, confucius, albert einstein,and many more.

but like wade said it depend on people taste and choice also if they grasp what was said. look at the bible 2000 year old book read by many people and people still do not grasp it yet and they made religion out of it.

well experience and enjoy.

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answered 01 Oct '11, 00:53

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white tiger, there are lines of deliniation; physicists, scientists, philosophers and spiritual masters. it is a matter of caring enough to search unless that is what you infer by grasp or taste

(03 Oct '11, 22:12) fred

well fred if i talk to you using physicists, scientists, philosophers and spiritual masters terms will you grasp what i say? will it be to your taste? or will some of those terms not reach you and will not go with your taste?Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. experience and enjoy.

(03 Oct '11, 23:57) white tiger

white tiger, speak and give me the chance, but if you must use a cliche let me know from whom it comes from. thank you

(05 Oct '11, 00:30) fred

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. this one comes from jesus. in truth i give you the chance.

(05 Oct '11, 00:50) white tiger
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For me Ralph wando Emerson is the greatest philosopher of all time. Because of the law of compensation he wrote.
And intense of languages, any language that the philosopher, spiritualist etc. speaks can be grasp base on individual interest on a particular field of studies.

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answered 04 Oct '11, 08:56

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