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who is greatest philosopher of 20th century? - icecream - 01-19-2011

inquiring mind want to know

im guessing popper?


Re: who is greatest philosopher of 20th century? - icecream - 01-19-2011

i just dont want to waste my time reading thelosers. i only read the very best


Re: who is greatest philosopher of 20th century? - SouthpawLink - 01-19-2011

I'd go with Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange; he was a Thomist.  Some of his works are available in English; of note, there's his Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought.


Re: who is greatest philosopher of 20th century? - jovan66102 - 01-19-2011

His Eminence Désiré-Félicien-François-Joseph, Cardinal Mercier, Archbishop of Malines wrote extensively on Thomism. A good read and some of it is online.


Re: who is greatest philosopher of 20th century? - icecream - 01-19-2011

(01-19-2011, 06:45 PM)jovan66102 Wrote: His Eminence Désiré-Félicien-François-Joseph, Cardinal Mercier, Archbishop of Malines wrote extensively on Thomism. A good read and some of it is online.

never heard of him. read an intersting tidbit on wikipedi:

"Mercier was the nephew of Reverend Adrien Croquet. In the 1860s Rev. Croquet (renamed Crockett) became a missionary to the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation in Oregon. In the 1870s, a cousin to Mercier, Joseph Mercier, joined his uncle Rev. Croquet in Oregon and married into a Native American tribe. Today, there are several thousand descendants of Joseph as members of the tribe.[1]"


Re: who is greatest philosopher of 20th century? - icecream - 01-19-2011

(01-19-2011, 06:38 PM)SouthpawLink Wrote: I'd go with Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange; he was a Thomist.  Some of his works are available in English; of note, there's his Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought.

ive heard of him. i suppose i was expecting non-catholic philosphers but i dont know why. who the best non-catholic philosphers of 20th century?


Re: who is greatest philosopher of 20th century? - Crusading Philologist - 01-19-2011

It depends on what you mean by "greatest." Heidegger or Wittgenstein would probably be the most common answers. However, you should probably read a lot of earlier philosophy before attempting them.


Re: who is greatest philosopher of 20th century? - icecream - 01-19-2011

(01-19-2011, 08:59 PM)Crusading Philologist Wrote: It depends on what you mean by "greatest." Heidegger or Wittgenstein would probably be the most common answers. However, you should probably read a lot of earlier philosophy before attempting them.

how is a philopsher defined as "great"?


Re: who is greatest philosopher of 20th century? - Walty - 01-19-2011

(01-19-2011, 07:13 PM)icecream Wrote:
(01-19-2011, 06:38 PM)SouthpawLink Wrote: I'd go with Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange; he was a Thomist.  Some of his works are available in English; of note, there's his Reality: A Synthesis of Thomistic Thought.

ive heard of him. i suppose i was expecting non-catholic philosphers but i dont know why. who the best non-catholic philosphers of 20th century?

I'd agree with this, but I would say that he is more correctly labelled a theologians.


Re: who is greatest philosopher of 20th century? - Crusading Philologist - 01-19-2011

(01-19-2011, 09:43 PM)icecream Wrote:
(01-19-2011, 08:59 PM)Crusading Philologist Wrote: It depends on what you mean by "greatest." Heidegger or Wittgenstein would probably be the most common answers. However, you should probably read a lot of earlier philosophy before attempting them.

how is a philopsher defined as "great"?
The greatest philosopher doesn't necessarily have to be the best philosopher. "Great" might just mean that he has had the greatest influence on the course of philosophy, either by attacking a previous school of thought or by starting a new school or method of philosophy.