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philoreaderguy

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Do you consider yourself a philosopher?

Post Number:#1  PostMarch 3rd, 2007, 11:42 am

Do you consider yourself a philosopher? Do you think other people do? Why or why not?

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Post Number:#2  PostMarch 3rd, 2007, 1:24 pm

I do consider myself a philosopher, as do most others who know me. Every properly functioning human being is a philosopher of one sort or another, whether they realize it or not. Simply claiming to know the difference between right and wrong, as most people would, is a philosophy.
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Post Number:#3  PostMarch 3rd, 2007, 5:01 pm

I think that other people (mostly my freinds) consider me a philosopher. I do think an aweful lot and I am always ranting about Kant and the like but I don't know that I would actuallaly consider myself a philosopher unless it was a career for instance if I ever get that book out or if I was a major art of a camain against an injustice. I just don't think I've earned the title yet. For now I am just a student of philosophy.
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Post Number:#4  PostMarch 4th, 2007, 7:11 pm

I like to think of myself as a philosopher, but I don't know what "credentials" or "qualities" I need to have in order for others to look at me as a "philosopher." Then again, I don't care if others see me as a philosopher or not, I'll keep enjoying philosophy either way :)
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Post Number:#5  PostMarch 8th, 2007, 1:53 am

I don't consider myself a philosopher if the group of people called philosophers includes Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, or Quine.

I do however, consider myself a philosopher if the group of people included are my prof, Johnny, and the mailman.
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Re: Do you consider yourself a philosopher?

Post Number:#6  PostMarch 9th, 2007, 12:42 am

philoreaderguy wrote:Do you consider yourself a philosopher? Do you think other people do? Why or why not?


Some of my friends consider me to be a philosopher
since I'm always giving a synopsis on what life and
death is about. I don't really know if I'm qualified to
be a "philosopher."
It's not what you know that makes
you smart, it's knowing what you don't know.
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Yes, I long to find all those answers!!!!!!!

Post Number:#7  PostMarch 9th, 2007, 3:16 am

I like to consider myself as a liberalist as well as a philosopher. Just somebody who speaks what is on her mind, and is strong on her standpoints. I like to make sure my voice is heard, and people know my opinion. It's important for people to understand philosophy because its always great to know why things happen and how they happen. I think it's important to have your own definiton of why things are the way they are. Thats what makes us human.
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Post Number:#8  PostMarch 12th, 2007, 7:10 pm

I consider it the duty of every living Human to be a philosopher. Of course, the level of dedication differs, but if you've ever pondered the question "why?", you're pretty much on the right track.
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Post Number:#9  PostMarch 13th, 2007, 3:49 pm

I don't really consider myself a philosopher exactly. I have very involved conversations where I share my philosophy, but I havn't exactly devoted my life to it. Others call me a philosopher; some of my teachers call me the campus philosopher.
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Post Number:#10  PostMarch 13th, 2007, 7:46 pm

I would consider myself a philosopher. I have always been a thinker on every aspect on life and that is how I spend the majority of my time. Most people would also see me as this since it is what I talk about every day.

I agree with a former post that people who live and breathe are philosophers in one way or another. To live, one must have a rational and logical philosophy to guide one's life rather it's self-created, someone elses you've tweaked to yourself, a basics one, or completely following one by everything it says...I think it is a necessity in life.
When a man declares: "There are no blacks and whites [in morality]" he is making a psychological confession, and what he means is: "I am unwilling to be wholly good—and please don't regard me as wholly evil!" - Ayn Rand
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Post Number:#11  PostMarch 26th, 2007, 8:55 pm

I do think that i am a philosopher of sorts. i do not hold myself to be a master philosopher. having a philosophy, or a basic set of beliefs that we adhere to all of the time, makes me a philosopher. Do i understand everything that is being said in these forums? No, but i will be doing research on these topics in order to better formulate my opinion.
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Post Number:#12  PostMarch 28th, 2007, 2:48 pm

Soulblighter wrote:I consider it the duty of every living Human to be a philosopher.


I think that philosophy and science is the very essance of humanity. We have the tools available to us to question and seek enlightment, and we must use them if we are to claim we are anything more than animals.

That is the kind of world I want to live in. A world where people think rationally about their decisions, where we have the time, and take it, to ponder on the "why"'s in life. To be a philosopher, to me, means mostly being able to question and daring to do it. It does not have to be abstract or metaphysics, there is many ways to think philosophically about things. I do love the origin of the word, literally meaning "lover of wisdom" and that is how I view it. I consider myself a philosopher, as I am constantly questioning ideas around me and seek logic and knowledge. Although I would never compare myself to the grand masters.
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Post Number:#13  PostApril 2nd, 2007, 7:32 pm

Daemon wrote:
Soulblighter wrote:I consider it the duty of every living Human to be a philosopher.


I think that philosophy and science is the very essance of humanity. We have the tools available to us to question and seek enlightment, and we must use them if we are to claim we are anything more than animals.

That is the kind of world I want to live in. A world where people think rationally about their decisions, where we have the time, and take it, to ponder on the "why"'s in life. To be a philosopher, to me, means mostly being able to question and daring to do it. It does not have to be abstract or metaphysics, there is many ways to think philosophically about things. I do love the origin of the word, literally meaning "lover of wisdom" and that is how I view it. I consider myself a philosopher, as I am constantly questioning ideas around me and seek logic and knowledge. Although I would never compare myself to the grand masters.


Me neither. Those guys thought deeply.

You have some good words there. You sound to me
like you are leaning on the scientific end of things.
Rationality and wisdom are two things we need to have
to help us through life. Rationality, to me, is
the more objective side of life; wisdom is the
more subjective side. It's okay to let feelings
guide your decisions as long as they are used
within the walls of rationality and wisdom.
It's not what you know that makes
you smart, it's knowing what you don't know.
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Post Number:#14  PostApril 22nd, 2007, 12:25 am

It's okay to use feelings, but that's still not rational.
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Post Number:#15  PostApril 22nd, 2007, 1:24 am

I do consider me a philosopher in the same group as Plato, Aristotle, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, etc
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