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So who were the greatest philosophers of all time?

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• Is the world eternal? YES
• Do humans have contra-causal free will (i.e., can humans do otherwise)? NO
• Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? YES
• Do humans have souls? YES
• Are there natural rights? YES
• Is it morally permissible to eat meat? NO
• Is the unexamined life worth living? NO
• Is truth subjectivity? YES
• Is virtue necessary for happiness? YES
• Can a computer have a mind? YES
• Can humans know reality as it is in itself? YES
• Is hell other people? YES
• Can art be created accidentally? NO
• Can we change the past? NO
• Are numbers real? NO
• Is it always better to know the truth? YES

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  1. Aaron Johnson says:

    I’m not going to lie i’m disappointed Heidegger diddnt even make the list!


  2. Huenemann says:

    Yes, that says something about the blog’s readership.


  3. Rob says:

    without by any means suggesting that he would (or should) have wound up as a contender in the final poll, I think Freud should have appeared as a candidate on at least one of the earlier, more restricted polls.


  4. Rob says:

    There’s a juicy piece in the May 15 TLS, pp. 14-15 (which I can’t find online) by Lesley Chamberlain (author of “Nietzsche in Turn”, which I’ve yet to read but heard good things about) on Heidegger: Dear little soul: Heidegger’s marriage and womanizing reflect the coldness and impersonality at the centre of his philosophy[!].

    It opens with:

    “Is it the shadow of the loveless Nietzsche that makes one so surprised to find Heidegger a womanizer?”


  5. g cornett says:

    I think all were great , But I also think Russell by far contributed mors to change the world than any other


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