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    Sep 10, 2012, 08:11 AM
    A Question About Being a Philosopher
    Being expert in the field of philosophy I would like to seek a propounding notion to this question so that I may have a clear conviction;
    Are those without an academic degree yet pursued to study philosophy independently can be considered and regard themselves philosophers? That not only those with PhD who had been educated for a limited time can be called likewise but also those who studied extensively yet independent of the academe.


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    Sep 10, 2012, 08:16 AM
    Who decides who can refer to themselves as a philosophers ?
    Does it require a degree or doctorate, if that is the case the vast majority of philosophers are sorely lacking.
    What really makes a philosopher?
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    Sep 10, 2012, 08:23 AM
    My mother, an 8th grade graduate with no further schooling, is a philosopher.
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    Sep 10, 2012, 09:03 PM
    Brendan was a bartender. He was also a great philosopher and an even greater wit. He never wrote a book, but books have been written about him.
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    Sep 10, 2012, 09:08 PM
    Thus the real issue, if and when someone based on ego decides they are an expert as a philosopher, can they really be one. Since does not a true philosopher believe that there is no real true concept merely open though, So how can one be a expert if there is no limit to where though can go.

    Thus when one adds judgement to an idea in philosophy does not one leave it and convert more to a deductive reasoning or a judgemental reasoning.

    A true philosopher would be one who considers theirself humble, knowing nothing but seeking knowledge and sharing ideas.
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    Sep 10, 2012, 09:11 PM
    Wondergirl, where are you when we need you?

    Please edit/decipher the above post from Philosopher Chuck.
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    Sep 10, 2012, 09:31 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Athos View Post
    Wondergirl, where are you when we need you?

    Please edit/decipher the above post from Philosopher Chuck.
    I don't know Mandarin Chinese. ;)
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    Dec 22, 2012, 07:20 AM
    To be a philosopher is to propose a new way of viewing the world. Foucault proposed a new way of viewing society by his examination of the justice system; Wittgenstein proposed a new way of viewing pretty much everything by his examination of language; and I am currently working on a new way of viewing reality TV through the lense of what I like to call 'utter-shtism'.

    "If you have ever tried to convince yourself of something that went against your better nature, then you have engaged in philosophy at some point." - Nietzsche

    By this he means to say that you have tried to view things in a different way, and of course he is correct. We are all philosophers, it is merely that most of us are really bad at it.

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