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The Most Successful Thinkers October 2, 2015

Posted by anagasto in history, philosophy.
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Number One is certainly Plato …… He set the whole thing going at least in the West — but probably also in the East. Recently I read that precisely Plato was known to the Arabs before his writings reached Europe. The Arabs conquered a large part of Spain and brought along Plato’s texts.

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Most useful quote: Knowledge acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind.  —
(Tell your teachers!)
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Number Two is  Socrates. ……. Socrates is liked and admired even more than Plato,  maybe because of his courage and integrity.

However, Socrates never wrote anything down. Fortunately, his student Plato did. Otherwise Socrates would be almost unknown.

So, to some degree, Socrates is Plato’s creation.
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Most useful quote:

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. —  According to  Online Dictionary,   barrenness = a condition yielding nothing of value
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And now,  who is now read most?
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…….. Probably Nietzsche, because he is nearest in time. He is easy to read and also a bit of a romantic and  has lots of real friends and enemies.
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…….  Marx is most famous as a name and also most influential, since his basic ideas are still everywhere, but few would actually read him, because he is too hard to read.

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Most useful quote:

Nietzsche : The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.

Marx:   The bureaucracy is a circle from which no one can escape. Its hierarchy is a hierarchy of knowledge.

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Comments»

1. Carl D'Agostino - September 6, 2011

We have become the enslaved serfs of the megacorps and megabanks. They have more power than most sovereign nations and have sucked all the wealth out of America and exported it. In addition, by exporting jobs they have eliminated the ability to create wealth here. I think the American companies should be indicted under the terms of the Patriot Act(I read it 200 pages). They have committed treasonous economic terrorism against the American people. The terms “democratic socialism” and “all power to the workers” sound increasingly inviting to me. Of course communism was never Marxist but a veil for dictatorship, but Marxist ideas about the evolving economies of the world and of the unbridled greed and power amassed by the capitalists are right on the mark(excuse pun). Capitalism built America but with the evaporation of unions, regular citizens are not participants. One cause of the Great Depression often overlooked is that business and industry did not pay workers enough to become consumers of their own product and we are now stuck with the cheap poor quality crap from China.

2. cantueso - September 7, 2011

Don’t forget that your “consumers” are no longer interested in politics, with lots of them actually refusing to talk about politics, so that nobody gives a damn about the cost of the war and continuous expenditure for more war, even though the last few wars have yet to be paid for.

So, rather than indicting the American companies according to your suggestion, you should consider closing down the TV and movie entertainment business.

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