• mosesquine
    95
    Discuss your favorite classical text in the history of philosophy.
    There are 17 options.
    1. What is the most important classical text in the history of philosophy? (16 votes)
        Republic (Plato)
        31%
        Phaedo (Plato)
          6%
        Metaphysics (Aristotle)
          0%
        Enneads (Plotinus)
          0%
        Summa Theologica (Thomas Aquinas)
          0%
        Meditations on the First Philosophy (Rene Descartes)
          0%
        Ethics (Spinoza)
          6%
        Monadology (Leibniz)
          0%
        A Treatise of Human Nature (David Hume)
          6%
        An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (David Hume)
          0%
        Critique of Pure Reason (Immanuel Kant)
        13%
        Critique of Practical Reason (Immanuel Kant)
          0%
        Phenomenology of Mind (Hegel)
        13%
        Utilitarianism (John Stuart Mill)
          0%
        Will to Power (Nietzsche)
          0%
        Language, Truth, and Logic (A. J. Ayer)
          0%
        Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (Wittgenstein)
        25%
  • Deleteduserrc
    2.8k
    Phenomenology of Mind is really brilliant - I still haven't read it in full, but I find myself returning to it, again and again. I think there's a case to be made that Hegel was lightyears ahead of his contemporaries. But "important" can mean a billion different things, so this is a really hard question to answer!
  • mosesquine
    95

    You can choose your favorite work.
  • Moliere
    4.3k
    I have to admit that I find the question a bit too presumptuous to answer. "classical" already selects among many works, and it would seem to me that classical would already include "important" -- and how does one select between important texts?

    I mean, I am appreciative of the conversation starters that you are posting -- but the question is just so big.
  • mosesquine
    95

    I changed the question.
  • Moliere
    4.3k
    Ah ok. my bad.

    THEN -- I have grown to really enjoy the Republic. But I admit that the Phenomenology of Mind was a very close second. The only reason I pick the Republic over the latter is the appeal which Plato holds to other people -- which I value in a text regardless of how I may personally feel about it.

    I initially disliked the Republic, but have grown to appreciate it with re-readings over time. I don't agree with it, of course, but I can find a basis of sympathy with it.
  • Thorongil
    3.2k
    The World as Will and Presentation (Schopenhauer)
  • Agustino
    11.2k
    It's an almost unacceptable omission from such a poll I think. I voted Wittgenstein.
  • Michael
    14.8k
    No Philosophical Investigations?
  • Agustino
    11.2k
    Tractatus is better - pick it! Philosophical Investigations is merely a continuation of the same mission started in the Tractatus. The genius was the Tractatus.
  • Michael
    14.8k
    I started it but couldn't bring myself to finish it. I find it very different to the PI.
  • Agustino
    11.2k
    I started it but couldn't bring myself to finish it. I find it very different to the PI.Michael
    But it's much easier to read, and a lot more concise. You can also ponder it for much longer. Tractatus is just dealing with the language of logic. PI attempts to deal with all language, not only in its logical function. The reason why Tractatus deals with the language of logic is because the logical atomists tried to reduce all language to the language of logic - they thought all its functions could be captured by logic. So Wittgenstein was correct - if all language could be reduced to logic, then the Tractatus was the end of philosophy and matters would have been settled. That's why Wittgenstein differentiated language by "meaning is use" in PI - there is a way language is used when folks engage in formal logic, which, for example, is different than the way language is used when they pray - and the latter can't be reduced to the former.
  • Agustino
    11.2k
    What I find much stranger is why the work Nietzsche is listed with is "Will to Power"? Shouldn't it be "Thus Spoke Zarathustra" or "Beyond Good and Evil"?
  • Michael
    14.8k
    Yeah, one of those two. The Will to Power is probably the least appropriate one to offer.
  • Terrapin Station
    13.8k
    Tractatus is betterAgustino

    Personally I think the Tractatus sucks. I don't care for Wittgenstein in general, but the way the Tractatus is written is garbage in my opinion. Philosophical Investigations is at least well-written.
  • R-13
    83

    The Antichrist is pretty great, too. BG&E is great, but some of it wanders perhaps from contemporary relevance (a little too topical). TSZ comes off a little awkward, insufficiently "prosy."
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