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November 04, 2008

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Ari Koinuma

Fascinating. You do take the title "philosopher" seriously, don't you?

I remember going to a philosophy class in college and feeling very disappointed. I thought it was a class on thinking, but all I did was some logic exercises and learned history of philosophers.

I have a little brother who's pursuing PhD in philosophy in Japan. His goal is similar to what you're doing -- making philosophy applicable and accessible.

ari

The Financial Philosopher

Ari:

As with any subject that is taught, the teacher can make all the difference.

This is a generalization, but academic philosophy can be quite esoteric and can be quite "boring," for lack of a better word.

The history of philosophy and all of the sub-categories of philosophy are, with all due respect, not what makes philosophy what it is.

In my view, the word "philosopher" can be defined as "one who loves wisdom." Any person can be a philosopher.

Once a person begins thinking about their own thinking and wondering what their own existence means, then they begin to philosophize...

"Philosophy begins in wonder." ~ Plato

Jeremy Day

Hi Kent,

Great stuff as usual. As a student of East Asia I am certainly a fan of Lau Tzu (or Lao Tzu or Lao Zi). How very appropriate for the election. I don't want to assume to far now, but probably like you, I wish to see more intelligent true philosophers in politics. Alas, That's s story for another time...

Cheers,
Jeremy

The Financial Philosopher

In my humble opinion, a "philosopher" would not likely choose politics as a career because their first objective would be to inspire others to think for themselves -- not to seek re-election -- which are contradictory forces...

With that said, I will say that we Americans had the best two choices for President since I first began voting in 1992...

"To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less." ~ Plato

Thanks for the comment...

Aaron

You should let others know about your resource. I have enjoyed your writing and thinking since I discovered your blog and only regret more people don't read it.

Peter | The Change Blog

Kent,

Well done on adding the new features. I'm particularly looking forward to the quotations pages - I think you must have the best collection of quotes of anyone I have come across.

Re philosophy and politics: I don't necessarily think of Obama as a philosopher, but is definitely a thinker who has proved he is willing to deeply consider the issues facing both America and the world.

The Financial Philosopher

Peter:

My impression of Obama, at least the way he presents himself, is that he places higher value on judgment (wisdom) than he does on knowledge (experience).

Plato, as you may have read on my web page dedicated to him, is often referred to as a "rationalist" -- someone who believes we can know true ideas without ever learning them from experience.

Thanks for the comment...

Kent

The Financial Philosopher

Aaron:

I certainly would like to tell others about my site; however, my time is consumed by familiy, business and writing on this blog.

I am certainly open to ideas on how to "spread the word," if you care to share them!

Thanks...

Kent

Aaron

What a pleasant surprise that someone else would answer this question right when it was needed. The universe just works like that sometimes. http://writetodone.com/2008/11/06/branding-101-how-to-promote-your-blog-like-the-big-guys-do/#comment-7823

SSK

Hello Kent, great idea! Keep up the great work. Been a bit busy with my own projects with Tamta, but I enjoyed your comment the other day on bretts site regarding the right mental outlook on finances. Best, Steve (SSK)

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