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Reply Fri 17 Jul, 2009 09:57 am
Any recommendations on current philosophers? (particular branch not important)

thanks!Smile
 
vectorcube
 
Reply Fri 17 Jul, 2009 08:08 pm
@Phredderikk,
Phredderikk;77946 wrote:
Any recommendations on current philosophers? (particular branch not important)

thanks!Smile

derek parfit is a good one.
 
GoshisDead
 
Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2009 03:06 am
@vectorcube,
Owen Flannagan
Peter Singer
Daniel Dennet
Richard Rorty
Jonathan Westphal
Ken Wilbur

These guys are all good reads, and I think they are all still alive.
 
Dave Allen
 
Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2009 04:58 am
@Phredderikk,
"Straw Dogs" by John Gray.
 
Theages
 
Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2009 08:32 am
@Dave Allen,
Alain Badiou - start with Conditions or Infinite Thought
 
Didymos Thomas
 
Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2009 08:44 am
@Theages,
Chomsky and Kripke are widely read.

I've been a fan of Peter van Inwagen's take on metaphysics for a few years now. The Metaphysics article at the Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy web site is his work, which is essentially an in brief essay summarizing his book, Metaphysics.

Amazon.com: Metaphysics (Dimensions of Philosophy Series): Peter Van Inwagen: Books
 
Theaetetus
 
Reply Sat 18 Jul, 2009 11:35 am
@Phredderikk,
If you are into epistemology, Paul Boghossian, Richard Moran, and Bernard Williams are all excellent reads. In ethics there is Peter Singer and I am drawing a blank on others right now. There is also Harry Frankfurt who is known for his work On Bullshit.
 
Phredderikk
 
Reply Sun 19 Jul, 2009 08:26 pm
@Phredderikk,
Thanks for the input everyone... I think one of the biggest problems with being interested in such pursuits is that there is just so much to pursue... and being that I take all things with a few grains of salt, I may find that I am simply pursuing a shadow... but hey, no one would go to a hockey game just for the final score... it's the battle from 0 to 60 that counts!Smile
 
mickalos
 
Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2009 07:23 am
@Phredderikk,
Derek Parfit (His work on personal identity is the best of any philosopher to date in my opinion)
Putnam
Searle
Kripke

Rorty and Bernard Williams mentioned above are both dead.
 
William
 
Reply Mon 20 Jul, 2009 08:10 am
@Phredderikk,
Phredderikk;78369 wrote:
Thanks for the input everyone... I think one of the biggest problems with being interested in such pursuits is that there is just so much to pursue... and being that I take all things with a few grains of salt, I may find that I am simply pursuing a shadow... but hey, no one would go to a hockey game just for the final score... it's the battle from 0 to 60 that counts!Smile


Hello Phredderikk,

Hmmm? Is it your summation that current philosophers will justify the battle to enhance the game or understand why we are thrilled by the battle so we can put an end to the conflict? Just curious.:perplexed:

william
 
RDanneskjld
 
Reply Fri 24 Jul, 2009 10:00 am
@Phredderikk,
It really depends on the field of Philosophy that you are interested in. One area which recieves a lot of attention from modern day Philosophers is the Philosophy of Mind & Cognitive science, with some of the big names in this field being John Searle, Daniel Dennett, Ned Block & Jerry Fodor. As already mentioned Peter Singer has been very influential in the field of ethics. But there are plenty of good current Philosophers who are producing good & stimulating work. Are there area's of Philosophy in which your particularly interested in?
 
Victor Eremita
 
Reply Sat 22 Aug, 2009 02:31 am
@Phredderikk,
I might be a little biased, but I like John Searle and Hilary Putnam; probably because I met them in person.
 
Phredderikk
 
Reply Tue 1 Sep, 2009 12:52 pm
@William,
William;78413 wrote:
Hello Phredderikk,

Hmmm? Is it your summation that current philosophers will justify the battle to enhance the game or understand why we are thrilled by the battle so we can put an end to the conflict? Just curious.:perplexed:

william


Well... neither... I don't think philosophy can be justified, or not justified, it just is, and to speak about justifying it would just add another branch to philosophy itself... and I certainly wish no end to the conflict... the end of philosophy would be quite devastating to human nature... I prefer to view it as a hockey game with infinite overtime periods Smile

anyway, my inquiry about current philosophers is to get some better idea about 'where we are now' as far as thought... it is easy to look back in time and pick out the major players, but sometimes not so easy in our own day... plus I'm fairly new to the game, and am in need of much training:)
 
Judges-Vs-Poets
 
Reply Tue 3 Nov, 2009 05:13 pm
@Phredderikk,
I have yet to find one. Besides how can one be considered wise until his whole life is scrutinized; doesn't make sense. Dead people aren't contemporary.

-fill in the blank-

In truth a contemporary philosopher wouldn't act like one. He/she is most likely my neighbor or regarded as a fool.
 
kennethamy
 
Reply Tue 3 Nov, 2009 05:53 pm
@Judges-Vs-Poets,
Judges-Vs-Poets;101624 wrote:
I have yet to find one. Besides how can one be considered wise until his whole life is scrutinized; doesn't make sense. Dead people aren't contemporary.

-fill in the blank-

In truth a contemporary philosopher wouldn't act like one. He/she is most likely my neighbor or regarded as a fool.


That's not true. Daniel Dennett is one of the top current philosopher. And he is not regarded by anyone as a fool. He has written many articles and book which are generally very well thought of. John Searle at Berkeley is another example.
 
Judges-Vs-Poets
 
Reply Tue 3 Nov, 2009 06:05 pm
@Phredderikk,
cool. sounds good.
 
kennethamy
 
Reply Tue 3 Nov, 2009 06:12 pm
@Judges-Vs-Poets,
Judges-Vs-Poets;101636 wrote:
cool. sounds good.


Not only that. It is true.
 
Judges-Vs-Poets
 
Reply Tue 3 Nov, 2009 06:15 pm
@Phredderikk,
oh well. back to animating, this forum is for speculators.
 
Reconstructo
 
Reply Sun 29 Nov, 2009 10:14 pm
@Phredderikk,
I think Richard Rorty is great. He died not long ago. His prose style is as clear as a glass of ice water. He's a slippery old sophist....
 
Labyrinth
 
Reply Thu 4 Feb, 2010 10:15 pm
@Reconstructo,
I'm not sure what opinions people hold of him, but I'll mention him as long as we are talking about top philosophers or "up-and-comers." Nick Bostrom, who's only 37 I think, is a Swedish philosopher. He's best known for his "simulation hypothesis" where he investigates the odds of us living in a simulated reality vs. an unsimulated one. I'm still building my foundation with 19th c. philosophy, but I'm really itching to read his work though it won't be for a while. Crazy stuff.
 
 

 
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