Sunday, September 22, 2019

On Philosophers

A good philosophy is an improvement over past philosophy, but a great philosophy is not merely an improvement—it is an evolution to a new paradigm of thought. There have been several good philosophers in the western philosophical tradition, but the great philosophers, in my opinion, are the following: Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Stoics, Cicero, Aquinas, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Kant, and Hegel.


Anonymous said...

Who can rightly be defined as a philosopher? If a philosopher is one who creates a unique system of thought and/or is able to coalesce into a coherent, unique and innovative theory human nature, the mind and it's place/relationship with reality/the world, then the title of philosopher belongs to a few. The ones you mentioned most definitely. My concern lies with how this title is undermined when philosophy professors or even those writing from outside academic institutions, however brilliant they may be,claim the title of philosopher. They offer excellent, insightful, critical, diverse, interpretations but have not originated or created a unique system of thought on their own. Two such people come to mind, though the title is assumed by many others, Martha Nussbaum and Alan Watts. In my opinion they are not creators they are brilliant critical interpreters. Though, in the instance of these two, I find them overrated. Who can rightly claim the title of philosopher?

Anoop Verma said...

@ Hermione. Interesting question, one that, I think, can be looked at from several angels. I have read several books by Nussbaum, and I agree with you that she is more of a critical interpreter than an original thinker. But I also think that critical interpretation is part and parcel of philosophy. After all, philosophy does not consist of only the new knowledge; in it, the old knowledge has an important role to play.