I think it is very typical and normal to relate 'wanting to achieve the best' is related to the ego or being egoistic.Name Is Unnecessary wrote: ↑May 31st, 2018, 2:54 pmI suppose it is to plead his own ego by acknowledging he is able to grasp toughest writings. I am a new member and think this will need to be approved by a mod, so I'd wish it to be either posted approved without any edits or not approved at all
However when it comes to philosophy, there is room for exception.
Thus when you jump to the above conclusion thinking of 'being egoistic' you are not philosophical but rather 'vulgar' philosophically speaking.
"Vulgar" = of or relating to the common people : plebeian
The point with Heidegger and Kant is their philosophical view are based on the dissolution of the ego, i.e. self. Thus the question of egoism is out of the question.
The critical determination in philosophy is the truth, no certainty of knowledge and the continual seeking of knowledge.
It so happen the two most profound philosophers happened to be the toughest to read, so if one were to rely one's philosophy on profound philosophical knowledge one has no choice but to read them.
Surely you will find it unconvincing if someone were to argue their points with kindergarten philosophical stuffs.
I agree there is a possibility 'ego' may come into play but there is due to wrong vulgar thinking and not philosophical thinking.