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What would it be?
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the bible
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The Genealogy of Morality.
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The Human Condition by Hannah Arendt.
7/10/11 12:57 PM
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https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/An_Enquiry_Concerning_Human_Understanding
7/14/11 1:02 PM
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Roly Poly Puppy, why did you edit your post?
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 Being and Time
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Joe Ray, because I'm trying to be less combative with people online. I need to remember there are people behind their internet handles. I'm trying to move away from a "THIS PERSON IS WRONG ON THE INTERNET" mode of thinking (truth as a tribal battle between rivals).
9/10/11 12:46 PM
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Fair enough.

But you posted some interesting links. I was hoping to read them....
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Ok, the links (from memory, unless you remember me posting others) were the big three anti-christian classicists (Julian, Celsus, and Porphyry).

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http://www.tertullian.org/fathers/julian_apostate_galileans_1_text.htm

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/The_True_Word

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/pearse/morefathers/files/porphyry_against_christians_02_fragments.htm
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Foucault-The Order of Things

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Spinoza-Ethics
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Nietzsche the gay science
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Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity - Richard Rorty
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 Violent Origins blew my mind away. Looks at man and evolution in the hunter/gatherer sense of existance.
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history of western philosophy by bertrand russel
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
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Being and Time or Philosophical Investigations if you were guaranteed to understand them. Richard Taylor's Good and Evil is the best accessible book otherwise.
2/9/14 12:55 AM
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As somebody who's read hundreds of books on philosophy, I have to say it's mostly garbage.

Some philosophy is good as literature (eg Kierkegaard) or literary criticism (eg later Rorty). Some philosophy is good insofar as it builds on scientists' work (eg Dennett). But like I said, it's mostly garbage.

If you had to read one book that is "philosophical" broadly speaking, I would suggest On Human Nature by EO Wilson. Wilson is a biologist, and his book is a classic.

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TMT - As somebody who's read hundreds of books on philosophy, I have to say it's mostly garbage.

Some philosophy is good as literature (eg Kierkegaard) or literary criticism (eg later Rorty). Some philosophy is good insofar as it builds on scientists' work (eg Dennett). But like I said, it's mostly garbage.

If you had to read one book that is "philosophical" broadly speaking, I would suggest On Human Nature by EO Wilson. Wilson is a biologist, and his book is a classic.


as someone who has also read hundred of books by, about, and related to philosophy and philosophers, i'd be interested see some kind of explanation of what makes you say the entire discipline is "mostly garbage."

 

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Peeixes - 

There are plenty of critiques of philosophy out there. I don't have anything to add.

But I don't expect those arguments to persuade you. I don't think you can argue somebody out of thinking that philosophy is worthwhile. It's sort of like religion that way. You either see it or you don't. I don't.
2/25/14 12:28 AM
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i never said i thought it was worthwhile, i said you didn't tell us why you didn't think it was.

it's fair to say you just don't see it, but i'd offer that if you've read hundreds of philosophy books and you don't see it, you may either be/have been getting something out of it you're not consciously realizing or you're wasting a lot your time.

as far as critiques of philosophy, they're generally also philosophy. sometimes a physicist will miss the point for six hundred pages, but the lines are blurry enough between the disciplines, now, that those kinds of arguments don't make it into print as much anymore.


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