Who would you say is the greatest modern philosopher (post Renaissance - Descart

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  1. John Sarkis profile image80
    John Sarkisposted 9 years ago

    Who would you say is the greatest modern philosopher (post Renaissance - Descartes onward) and why?

    Want to know what you think, as it seems you're knowledgeable about philosophy.

  2. polyglot profile image61
    polyglotposted 9 years ago

    Heidegger because literary theory stemmed from him, or at least for the most part.

  3. John Sarkis profile image80
    John Sarkisposted 9 years ago

    Thank you polyglot!

    Heidegger and Derrida were both disciples of Nietzsche, who was a philologist...  Heidegger's concept of "Destruction" which Derrida calls "Deconstruction" both make direct/indirect references to philology.  For example:  'Christmas Eve' and 'Noche Buena' (Good Night) are words that have nothing in common with each other, yet for all intense and purposes mean the same thing.  Nietzsche felt that people would be told something and typically believe it without questioning it, because, of religious and/or social conditioning.  Heidegger takes this concept further than Nietzsche ever did with his concept of 'Dasein', but Derrida actually takes it even further than Heidegger did..., I don't think Heidegger is it...

    Thanks again and Best Regards,

  4. arthsabi profile image60
    arthsabiposted 9 years ago

    It's hard to say who is the 'greatest' as I believe one should have read much of their original writing (and understand it) in order to say someone is truly great. One of my favorites is definitely Sartre! The concepts of 'transcendence' and 'facticité' combined with 'la mauvaise foi' describe people's lives pretty well in my opinion. His approach to freedom and responsibility relates in an interesting way to the liberalist theories in political philosophy by Rawls and critiques.

  5. fernando d. profile image59
    fernando d.posted 9 years ago

    HM? WHAT? The only thing that I've read resently, is a book on Accounting. So I wouldn't know not thing. Unless if i wrote it.Then, and only then I'd know.


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