What philosophers do you most agree with?

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Emperordmb
Which philosophers do you tend to agree with most?

Which have ideas and theories that resonate strongly with you, that you agree with, etc.

Emperordmb
More than anyone else, I most agree with Jesus. The path he walked and his teachings for me elucidates the very meaning and purpose of life (love) and points out what can mislead us (pride).

But Jesus aside, I've found that there are five other philosophers that really resonate with me:

Plato: The Allegory of the Cave first of all is a really resonant story, as it elucidates much about the nature of reality, and the process of man's ignorance, understanding, reaction to truth, and evolution to higher understandings of reality. Then there's also Plato's Theory of Forms, the argument that forms or ideas (non-physical but substantive things) represent a reality truer than the physical universe.

Saint Irenaeus: Irenaeus set forth the Soul Making theory to counter the argument against God commonly known as the problem of evil. The Soul making theory is that this imperfect universe exists so that the human soul can be forged with its own individual identity and will, and so the human soul can evolve closer to a state of perfection. Essentially, that God uses an imperfect physical universe to bring each of our souls from a state of non-existence (pre-birth), to a state of imperfect existence where we evolve (life), culminating in a state of perfect existence (heaven).

Saint Thomas Aquinas: He set forth the cosmological argument, that based on the nature of causality that our physical universe functions on, the physical universe on its own can't justify its own existence, and that there has to be some transcendent higher power not only above the physical universe but that caused it, and that this higher power would be exempt from the principal of causality because this higher power is what established said principal to begin with.

John Locke: Argued that people are created equal and endowed with inalienable rights by God, including our existence, our freedom, and the way we attach ourselves to and make use of this world. He also pointed out the problem of freedom, that each person has power and that our choices inherently interfere with those around us, justifying government as something we conform to to protect our individuality. He also argued that since the government is only given power and justification by the people it governed, it should exist for said people, and function in a way in which the power of the government is influenced by the collective will of the governed.

Alduous Huxley: Argued the merit of perennial philosophy, that you can find universal truths amidst varying perspectives, something that can be applied to drugs and religion. He also argued that mind altering substances have great potential for exploring the depths and gateway of human perception in ways that can allow us to better understand and experience ourselves and the external world. He also argued for the importance of suffering and how that contributes to our understanding and experience of our own existence, as well as our evolution. Finally, he seems to argue that progress is built upon the balance between individuality and conformity.

Surtur
The teachings of Jesus had a lot in common with Buddha as well. Stuff about the nature of reality and all that is interesting and nice, but the most practical stuff does come from people like Jesus, where the logic is essentially "don't be a dick".

That is actually something I find genuinely depressing about Jesus. Whether or not God exists..a whole lot of bad things were done in the name of Jesus and he wasn't about that.

Emperordmb
Originally posted by Surtur
The teachings of Jesus had a lot in common with Buddha as well. Stuff about the nature of reality and all that is interesting and nice, but the most practical stuff does come from people like Jesus, where the logic is essentially "don't be a dick".

That is actually something I find genuinely depressing about Jesus. Whether or not God exists..a whole lot of bad things were done in the name of Jesus and he wasn't about that.
Yeah, too many people try and use their outlook on the world to justify some sense of superiority over other people instead of embracing love.

Emperordmb

Lone Gunman
Friedrich Nietzsche

Lord Lucien
As a late teens-early twenties college student who just got exposed to introductory philosophimophizing, I have to say that I actually find myself agreeing with Nietzcshe. And sometimes I dabble in Sartre.



Also I can only talk about nihilism in a high-rise terminal. Like everything is a question.

Mindset
Albert Camus and Emil Cioran.

Flyattractor
Lobo

Lord Lucien
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Flyattractor
That would be the only reason I would watch a Simpson's episode these days.

Raisen
The great Patrice O'Neal and George Carlin

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