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Whose philosophy do you follow the closest?

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OprahWinfreyX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My favorite philosophers are George Carlin, Bill Hicks, James Randi, and Bruce Lee. I take little bits and pieces from each of these men, they are my some of my biggest role models. Who helped shape your way of thinking?
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EricThomasStudios Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have a conglomeration of mixed philosophies, but the biggest influences on me have probably been George Carlin and Evelyn Hall.
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OprahWinfreyX Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome, bro
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EricThomasStudios Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Indeed :D
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Solum-Ipsum Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Carlin's okay. Hicks also. But I prever Julius Evola, René Guénon, Adi Shankaracharya and the sort.
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OprahWinfreyX Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool
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stoneman123 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I tend not to put much stock in philosophers, seeing as how I'm intelligent and overly-analytical enough to figure most things out on my own. What's more, when you mention you agree with a certain philosopher, you have to specify to what extent you do, because otherwise the implication is that you completely agree with them. It's more expedient in most cases to eschew philosophers entirely and cut straight to the individual ideas you support.

Anyway, there are a few individuals whose philosophy I agree with to some extent, and here they are:

Ayn Rand: Being completely self-centered, I kind of like Ayn Rand, because she says much the same things that I think with regards to an individual's entitlement to self-interest, but she can sell it. When Ayn Rand is talking about it, she doesn't sound like a psychopath.

Darth Bane, Dark Lord of the Sith: Though a fictional character, Darth Bane embodies much of what I like about the Sith. Sith are also motivated purely by self-interest, and like me they view all other lives as inferior and expendable for their personal gain. Sith tradition is also pretty brutally meritocratic, and as Darth Bane once said "Equality is a lie invented by the weak."

Christopher Hitchens: I became an atheist long before I even knew about Christopher Hitchens, but he was my favorite atheist commentator. Aside from being further educated as to "how religion poisons everything" ('cause I've read that book, and it's excellent), he really hammered home the idea that not all cultures are created equal, nor are they all worthy of respect or tolerance.

Those are probably the three individuals who have the most impact on my philosophy.
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OprahWinfreyX Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love Hitchens
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stoneman123 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As do I. I particularly like to watch his debates, where he calmly and cooly logically destroys somebody. He knowledge, intelligence, reason, and wit were nothing short of awe-inspiring. Though of course, like all philosophers, I didn't always agree with him. He was clearly a "secular humanist," a person who believes that the happiness and wellbeing of human beings is the greatest possible good, and it is a conclusion they reach independantly of religion. That is contrary to my philosophy, as I am only interested in own wellbeing, and care nothing for the wellbeing of others. I think he was also a bit of a socialist, at least when he was younger, and that's definitely no good.

Another thing he made a big deal about was male circumcision. He saw it as a grave injustice on par with female circumcision, but I never saw the big deal. Male circumcision helps prevent infections, and speaking from firsthand experience, it does not appreciably diminish the functionality of the genitalia. Female circumcision, on the other hand, serves no purpose other than to reduce their capacity to enjoy sexual intercourse, and from what I've heard I suspect it is more efficacious than the male variety.

That's what I meant about philosophers. I find it impossible to completely agree with anyone, and to cite philosophers rather than the ideas themselves is potentially misleading.
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WolfySpice Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
No single person.

...Okay, I can think of one. Bill Watterson. Being a voracious reader of Calvin & Hobbes as a child left a lasting impression on me.
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theGman0 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
Evilism
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ReptillianSP2011 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Relativistic philosophy and the uncertain philosophy. Also, for theological position, ignosticism.

That's all you need to know about my philosophy, questions?
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OprahWinfreyX Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nope, thank you
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KillianSeraphim Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
C.S. Lewis and Benjamin Franklin
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carusmm Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The empiricists.
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VictorianExcentric Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:highfive:

VE
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opiumrooster Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
my own.
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Well, if you're going to include George Carlin this, then I might as well add "your mom."
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OprahWinfreyX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why?
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saintartaud Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
I dunno, why don't you ask her? ;)
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Probably George Carlin. Whenever anyone posts a quote from him on Facebook I find myself in agreement.


But I’m not sure I would call him a philosopher.
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OprahWinfreyX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why not? He has an opinion on life and how things work and voiced it to the masses, if you say that George Carlin is not a philosopher then you should also say Nietzsche isn't a philosopher.
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
By your rationale, then I should consider myself a teacher, since I teach people things, despite not having a job in which I hold that title.

Since joining this site I have learned that not everyone who takes a picture qualifies as a photographer. I do not think having a philosophy, in and of itself, is the only necessary criteria to call oneself a philosopher.
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no-doves-fly-here Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
"...despite not having a job in which I hold that title."

You're restricting its definition to what it means in a confined, capitalistic, bureaucratic environment.
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
God, and I thought I was liberal.

Without rules and guidelines we have chaos. Words have set meanings. This is how we separate reality from fiction.
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no-doves-fly-here Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
"Words have set meanings."

Nonsense. Grammar is highly complex and allows for much flexibility in linguistics. If it did not, language as we know it would neither exist nor be in a perpetual state of evolution.

"This is how we separate reality from fiction."

You mean like the reality that the word "teacher" is not mutually inclusive of a degree? Even inanimate objects (books, articles, documentaries) and abstract concepts (experience, life, etc.) can constitute as a "teacher", and such usage of the word would be orthodox.

Face it, your prior comment reeks of pigeonholing. There is no shame in admitting that you made an error.
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Juliabohemian Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
There is no shame in admitting that you made an error.

Then, why can't you? :lmao:

I made no error. I stand by what I said. You're welcome to disagree. And you're also welcome to keep it to yourself.
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no-doves-fly-here Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
"Then, why can't you?"

Because I have made no such error:

"A person who teaches, esp. in a school." -Google and others (Do note that "especially" implies a lack of mutual inclusion, similarly to how the conjunction "or" would.)
"a personified abstraction that teaches; 'books were his teachers'; 'experience is a demanding teacher'" -Princeton
"someone who helps others learn new things." -YourDictionary

Etc...

"And you're also welcome to keep it to yourself."

And you are welcome to refrain from posting in public forums on a website owned privately by people who are not you if you lack the mental/emotional capacity to handle others responding to your public posts.
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rwingett Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
That's stretching the definition of philosopher a little thin.
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OprahWinfreyX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. a person who offers views or theories on profound questions in ethics, metaphysics, logic, and other related fields.

2.a person who is deeply versed in philosophy.

3. a person who establishes the central ideas of some movement, cult, etc.

4. a person who regulates his or her life, actions, judgments, utterances, etc., by the light of philosophy or reason.

5. a person who is rationally or sensibly calm, especially under trying circumstances.

by the above definitions, I don't think so.
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OprahWinfreyX Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
1. a person who offers views or theories on profound questions in ethics, metaphysics, logic, and other related fields.

2.a person who is deeply versed in philosophy.

3. a person who establishes the central ideas of some movement, cult, etc.

4. a person who regulates his or her life, actions, judgments, utterances, etc., by the light of philosophy or reason.

5. a person who is rationally or sensibly calm, especially under trying circumstances.

by the above definitions, I don't think so.
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Monoklo Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
oh and so what's the definition of philosopher to you? philosophy is to look for knowledge and you can't overlook one's way of seeking knowledge.
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EchoInTheVoid Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Writer
Either Nikki Sixx or Firmin Abauzit
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TheAwsomeOpossum Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Nobody's really. Some similarities to Richard Rorty, I guess.
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