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June 18, 2014



I don't see how any philosopher can be called greater than another (although I guess that can't be said of the whole Wittgenstein / Russell approach, which at least led to Godel). Really, when Heidegger says western culture is dehumanizing, that's just an opinion. It's like me saying, "Blue shirts should not be worn in the winter."

Mick H

I suppose "greater" in philosophical terms normally means "more influential". So Kant in that respect would be a greater philosopher than, say, Fichte. Whether that translates into something like "has more original or more profound ideas" is another matter. With Kant the answer would very likely be yes. With Heidegger he's certainly been influential. As for more profound....well....


Wolin’s 'The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism' is pretty good.

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