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    Okay PD, I think it's about time we intellectualise this place. In this thread, we will embark on a philosophical journey through the ages, though we won't be going chronologically. I'd like to think of this as if we had a time machine, and we can start and stop from whatever point we want. I'd like to recommend starting here, approximately halfway through the twentieth century, when a German named Ludwig Wittgenstein decided to try and break philosophy. He was successful. The field of human self-discovery and realisation was never the same. It is a pretty short book so I think we should give everyone a grace period of five to seven days to read and discuss it. As there's no narrative flow per se, you can read whatever you want and offer your thoughts on it. Next week we'll be travelling to the Age of Enlightenment, just in time for the advent of social contact theory, with some of our favourite political philosophers like John Stuart Mill, Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Please fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a [mentally] bumpy ride.

    We will also use this thread to discuss Cool Things About The Universe, particularly theoretical physics, space exploration, etc..
    Well, I open my eyes and I see things. I've seen spirits moving through the walls. I've seen a vortex coming through the wall. I've seen amorphous little balls of light bouncing all around in the front yard through the window. I've seen giant bugs on the floor. I was in a hotel room in Amarillo, Texas, and all I remember is standing on the bed and seeing the whole wall in front of me filled with lights that were [makes popping sound] popping like popcorn out of the wall. Then I'll wake up and I go "Wow, I was standing on my bed and staring at this wall."

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    > Rousseau

    Rousseau is a moron

    My personal favorite philosophy is Lebniz, I think he's dead wrong on a lot of things, but there is a certain elegance to his world view which I can see as appealing.

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    I legitimately think Rousseau is my favourite of the social contract bracket, he was spot on in regards to our distinguishing from Cartesian-like animal species and our superiority as sentient beings both stemming from our ability to dissuade ourselves from acting on instinctual urges and how that's the basis for all morality; how social pressure corrupts a sense of individuality; and the general will/conceptualisation of 'republican freedom' is probably the best solution to social contract theory there is i.e. it most efficiently reconciles individual liberty with a government state.

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    I've never read Lebniz, anything I can read online? I feel the same way about Hobbes though, his contentions were really fucking stupid but his prose and prowess over the English language was gorgeous to observe, I could have read Leviathan forever.

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    wittgenstein is probably an awful place to *start* reading philosophy.

    you post on /lit/ lord. you know where to start .....
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    We're not starting with the Greeks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord View Post
    I've never read Lebniz, anything I can read online? I feel the same way about Hobbes though, his contentions were really fucking stupid but his prose and prowess over the English language was gorgeous to observe, I could have read Leviathan forever.
    Leibniz's Monadology

    The dude didn't write many books, however he was pretty influential at the time because he was in contact with a lot of people and had discourses with many philosophers.

    He also invented Calculus at the same time as Newton.

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    I like nietzsche because he's a bit sexist and has a way of language that i find sexy. beyond that, meh...
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