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Absolute all time favorite Philosopher/Thinker

Ok, so in keeping with the trend on this forum to ask for the opinion of fellow DP'ers about their Favorite __________

This is going to be a tough one for me. There are many area's of philosophy. Many aren't even considered a philosophy, even though this is quite absurd. When i start pondering this question, the first thing comes to mind is "In what capacity?". I appreciate the Economic philosophy of Murray Rothbard and Adam Smith, The spiritual philosophy of Akbar the Great and Ghandi, John Wycliff as well as enlightened atheist thinkers of the 1700's. Moral Philosophy of Ayn Rand, and yet also that of Henry David Thoreau.

Shakespeare is known for incredibly complex and compelling analysis of the human condition(not to mention a blast to read), Tolstoy was brilliantly intricate and aware before he was an intellectual. The scientific philosophy of Leonard Susskind, Issac Newton, and of course Albert Einstien. I could go on. I could bring up many thinkers that are alive today. Many people who don't spend their time pondering the questions of existence, and morality, spirituality, and yet are better equiped to answer them than some of the names i have already listed. For the record, there are opinions of these thinkers that i don't share. Its generally the approach that is so admirable.

In the end i must choose. Its an artificial mandate that i impose on myself for the purpose of this thread.

Today i choose Blaise Pascal. Specifically for his work on faith, reason and totality.

What about you?

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No brainer for me, Locke changed everything. He is my favorite

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"The Apostle Paul." How about the Apostle Ron Paul?

We all have our reasons for being here, but the only reason that matters for many of us is Ron Paul. Anyone who can influence a bunch of people sufficiently enough to form a movement, even after they are no longer active in that movement, is indeed a philosopher. Ron Paul combined many separate preexisting philosophies into one way of thinking. He is my number one.

The Apostle Paul.

Just as Plato explained the teachings of Socrates, or James Boswell the life of Samuel Johnson, so the apostle Paul explains the meaning of the life, mission and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philosophy, if it has any meaning, should deal with the foundations of human life and teach us who we are, why we are here and what if any is the purpose of our existence. This is a pretty tall order and I believe that the apostle Paul, in his fourteen letters to the early Christian churches and his own followers, fulfilled that task to the extent that his writings have influenced and served to guide the lives of more people than any other philosopher in history.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)

Favorite Philosopher


School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

Modern day thinkers

Alan Watts, Daniel Suelo, Mark Boyle


I love Ayn Rand as a writer. But I would never nominate her...

for a fiction award.

But I would nominate her for a philosophy award.

For what it's worth.

Her philosophy is exactly correct, and her fiction is exactly built around it.

She is my philosopher of choice,

and a very good fictionalist,

Ayn Rand!

Defeat the panda-industrial complex

I am dusk icon. anagram me.

You know it is funny

I would say the exact opposite.


modern day

Stefan Moleneux Hands down

As for me, I will stick with

As for me, I will stick with the Ultimate Libertarian, Jesus from Nazareth.

If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?

Erma Bombeck

~Seize the moment. Think of all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart~

Freedom is not: doing everything you want to.
Freedom is: not having to do what you don't want to do.
~ Joyce Meyer

Harry Browne

Talking about a modern one

For a modern one #1 Ravi Zacharias (if you have not heard him google and get some of his stuff...It is powerful!)I would call him the "Ron Paul" of philosophy.

A good way to defend your freedoms: www.libertymagazine.org

Aristotle Machiavelli Thomas

Thomas Paine

Be Your Own Media!!!

Socrates duh

He created 'platos' cave btw

NO MORE LIES. Ron Paul 2012.

I score high on narcissism scale

So its me. I win. I have some distant seconds but I'll wait till someone asks.

I agree. Everyone else offers hearsay.


Free includes debt-free!

I concur :)


Rand Who? is my hero.

His doctrine of misinformation leads and guides me and aspires me to new levels of deception.

I love Mitt Romney and Big Sibling too.

Ron Paul


"The two weakest arguments for any issue on the House floor are moral and constitutional"
Ron Paul

Ummm...Ron Paul...?

Ummm...Ron Paul...?

that's true

that's true

Nancy Pelosi

I do my best to live my life by her immortal creed: "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it"

Marcus Aurelius

Emperor of Rome from 26 April 121 AD – 17 March 180 AD
For his work "Meditations" (His personal writings which set forth his ideas on stoic philosophy) Great stuff you can read for free

"It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes."
Andrew Jackson

Rudolf Steiner. He lived

Rudolf Steiner.

He lived about 100 Years ago in Switzerland, he wrote a book called: "The Philosophy of Freedom", he was one of the only people talking against Woodrow Wilson already in 1913. He was against government interference in the economy and against government interference in Education in any way.

Bob Dylan

Will go down as the most important voice of several generations.

I have to disagree 100%

here's why:


If you think the most important voice truly comes from the 'world we can't see' then Bob's your man.

Isaiah 2:4
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Penn Jillette


Free market capitalism isn't right for America because it works better. It's right because it's free (and it works better).

Thoreau and Bastiat

Thoreau and Bastiat

Hannah Arendt

...especially for her insights in her book "The Origins of Totalitarianism". Considered herself a political theorist, not a philosopher though.



All the same to me!