What thinkers have inspired you, outside utilitarianism?

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What thinkers have inspired you, outside utilitarianism?

Post by spindoctor » Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:45 am

Thought it might be fun to share works of philosophers (or futurists, social scientists, sociologists, economists, etc) that have inspired you, made you think, or that you simply enjoy rereading or find yourself quoting over and over.

Outside of the usual utilitarian authors, that is.

For myself I'd nominate Pierre Bourdieu's La Distinction -- the masterwork by the French sociologist on how taste is socially contructed and helps to reinforce social class. And probably Plato's Symposium, for its beautiful, deranged musings on human desire, especially the origin story of human love given by the character of Aristophanes.

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Re: What thinkers have inspired you, outside utilitarianism?

Post by Hedonic Treader » Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:08 am

The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore, showing how Darwinian algorithms work on more than one level, and how this relates to humans and the natural world.
"The abolishment of pain in surgery is a chimera. It is absurd to go on seeking it... Knife and pain are two words in surgery that must forever be associated in the consciousness of the patient."

- Dr. Alfred Velpeau (1839), French surgeon

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Re: What thinkers have inspired you, outside utilitarianism?

Post by Ruairi » Wed Feb 06, 2013 1:22 pm

Oscar Horta is an egalitarian

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Re: What thinkers have inspired you, outside utilitarianism?

Post by Ruairi » Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:21 pm

I love Calvin and Hobbes! :D!

When I'm eating I often like to watch videos of Christopher Hitchens destroying people in debates :)

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Re: What thinkers have inspired you, outside utilitarianism?

Post by LJM1979 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:33 pm

BF Skinner

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