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Most influential philosopher of all time?

Discussion in 'World History' started by kmad, Jan 25, 2003.

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Most influential philosopher

  1. John Locke

    5 vote(s)
    29.4%
  2. Voltaire

    1 vote(s)
    5.9%
  3. Isaac Newton

    4 vote(s)
    23.5%
  4. Karl Marx

    7 vote(s)
    41.2%
  5. John Calvin

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. Gilbert Ryle

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Friedrich Engels

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. kmad

    kmad Chieftain

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    Mostly from the enlightenment

    I voted for John Locke because he argued that humans are a product of their environment, ultimately turning into the cornerstone for modern educational systems and how parents raised their children. Locke did a lot of other good stuff too :cool:
     
  2. Pangur Bán

    Pangur Bán Deconstructed

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    Not the best poll...I must say. Marx AND Engels, but no Plato or Aristotle. Gilbert Ryle? He died in 1976, how could he possibly be the most influential philosopher of all time. Newton's not even strictly speaking a philosopher. Voltaire :lol:

    But to answer the question, it's got to be either Aristotle or Plato. I happen to think that Aristotle is one of the most important men in history. He systemitized science, in fact, he created it and transmitted it to the medieval Islamic and, more importantly, christian world.

    Sorry to start your thread off negatively, but I'm voting for the non-existent other.
     
  3. wtiberon

    wtiberon One man who stands alone

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    I don't agree with any of those...I would say Socrates because he demanded that everyone question the reality around them.
     
  4. kmad

    kmad Chieftain

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    I should have put "Other".. and those ancient philosophers I totally forgot about, next time I make a poll I'm doing some more planning :p
     
  5. MCdread

    MCdread Couldn't she get drowned?

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    Of the people on the poll I vote Isaac Newton, but if it's about the modern meaning of the word philosopher, or better said, the modern general view of what a philosopher is then I guess Marx and Voltaire.
    Forgeting the poll (which is in fact very limited), my vote would go to Aristotle. He's not my favourite, but he has to be the most influential.
     
  6. Mongoloid Cow

    Mongoloid Cow Great Khan

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    I'd go Socrates, or that ancient Sumerian one (forgot the name)
     
  7. Kafka2

    Kafka2 Whale-raping abomination

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    Where's Socrates? Aristotle? Lao Tzu?

    Newton wasn't a philosopher. He was a scientist, an alchemist, a loony and a crank, but not a philosopher.
     
  8. kmad

    kmad Chieftain

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    Like I said before, I kinda rushed this poll, didn't give it much thought.
     
  9. sween32

    sween32 The Worthless

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    karl marx was amazing. political views or not.
     
  10. kmad

    kmad Chieftain

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    sween i liked your other avatar better :(
     
  11. sween32

    sween32 The Worthless

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    which one? i like this one. i went thru 6 in one day and this is the only one that feels right here at cfc.
     
  12. philippe

    philippe FYI, I chase trains.

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    sween nice avatar of the movie natural born killers.liked that movie:D
    philiosists in the poll:Voltaire
    not in the poll:plato,and that other greek guy but can't remember his name.
     
  13. The ANZAC

    The ANZAC Chieftain

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    Yeah you leave a lot out: Hobbes, Rousseau, Socrates, Aristotle, Decartes, etc. But especially Immanuel Kant: IIRC he came up with "the ends don't justify the means" though I could be wrong. But he did come up with some other important developments about the human mind. Also Occam and Aquinas are important.
     
  14. Zarn

    Zarn Le Républicain Catholique

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    Socrates. None of these people compare.
     
  15. onejayhawk

    onejayhawk Afflicted with reason

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    Where are Kant, Hegel and Kirkegaard? Spinoza, Shopenhauer, Wagner, Luther, Augustine, Marcus Areleus, Confucious, I Ching, Lao Tzu, Moses, Mohamed, Bhudda, etc. The list of canddidates is rather longer I think. I lean to Moses personally, with nods to Bhudda and Mohamed.

    J
     
  16. wtiberon

    wtiberon One man who stands alone

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    Confucious would definitly be up there since his philosophies become national policie of China.
     
  17. Pangur Bán

    Pangur Bán Deconstructed

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    You might add Zarathustra, or Abelard, or Hobbes, or Hume, or Smith, or Plotinus, or Aquinas, or Leibniz, not to mention philosophical megastars like Plato, Aristotle and Descartes
     
  18. kmad

    kmad Chieftain

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    Isn't there a 10 choice limit?

    And don't you get the picture: I made this poll in about 20 seconds, I didn't really think.
     
  19. Pangur Bán

    Pangur Bán Deconstructed

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    I think there are 20 options.
     
  20. Aphex_Twin

    Aphex_Twin Evergreen

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    All the good stuff from Marx belongs to other thinkers. What he thought of on his own is pretty much crap...
     

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