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    Great Germanic Philosophers by Nation

    What do you consider the greatest philosopher, going by each Germanic nation? If you like, elaborate on your nomination, provide some links or background information, etc. Let's see if we can get a bit of a discussion going and learn about the less well-known Germanic philosophers. My choices:

    Germany: Georg Hegel
    The Netherlands: Herman Dooyeweerd

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    Germany: Arthur Schopenhauer, Martin Heidegger.

    "Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots!" (Arthur Schopenhauer)
    "Nothing is more disgusting than the majority: because it consists of a few powerful predecessors, of rogues who adapt themselves, of weak who assimilate themselves, and the masses who imitate without knowing at all what they want." (Johann Wolfgang Goethe)

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    This may be obvious, but still:

    Denmark - Søren Kierkegaard



    An original, deep and sensible thinker, with a great writing style (something seldom found in philosophers).
    "The heavenly motions... are nothing but a continuous song for several voices, perceived not by the ear but by the intellect,
    a figured music which sets landmarks
    in the immeasurable flow of time."

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    Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher. He made substantial contributions in metaphysics, epistemology and ethics. I think Aristotle is superior in some facets, but nonetheless he is largely responsible for much of contemporary philosophy (he also influenced the great Mises significantly); at least that of it which has survived the assaults of anti-reason.

    I have a liking for two other Germans, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Schopenhauer has a particularly amusing style of writing, and I take to both him and Nietzsche for his writings on the will.
    Of the Austrian philosophers I like Wittgenstein for his writings on logic. And of the English ones John Locke for his writings on property and the Social Contract and J. S. Mill for his ideas on utilitarianism.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SineNomine View Post
    Of the Austrian philosophers I like Wittgenstein for his writings on logic.
    I know a German national-socialist who would get pissed while reading this for two reasons :
    • Austrians essentially are Germans.
    • Wittgenstein was a Jew

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    I can't really say who is my favourite germanic Philosoph, There are around over 50 Germanic Philosophs who said and wrote books or said sentences i consider as great.

    So that's impossible for me.




    Gruß,
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    Denmark: Sören Kirkegaard

    I must find a truth that is true for me.
    Norway: Peter Wessel Zapffe

    "We come from an inconceivable nothingness. We stay a while in something which seems equally inconceivable, only to vanish again into the inconceivable nothingness".
    Germany: Arthur Schopenhauer

    Human existence must be a kind of error

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