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796 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 15 years ago by falconwing

Which philosopher do you prefer: Confucius or Aristotle?


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17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 7/8/02 - 8:32:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
Freud. They're probably all envy of his penis.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 7/18/02 - 10:43:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
confucious say: man who stand on toilet is high on pot
17 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/30/02 - 7:37:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's kinda like what people do when voting. I have no idea what either of them thinks, so I just automatically picked the one whose name I'd heard more. (Aristotle)
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 12/14/03 - 7:55:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
Neither.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 12/14/03 - 8:01:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Aristotle. Here's a quote that's one of my favorites: "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime."

15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Sunday 12/14/03 - 8:18:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
I really don't agree with nearly all of what Confucius said. And I don't think too many people, especially in the West, could, because a lot of what he said was extrememely sexist, and he believed in a hierarchical system of relationships, in which women are inferior. I also don't think many people in the West would agree with his beliefs that merchants are inferior to most of the other classes.

Aristotle, although I don't know as much about him, seems a lot more logical, and I like his idea of questioning everything, because it irritates me when people assume things sometimes.

15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 12/17/03 - 11:27:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
Likewise - I know Aristotle's work comparatively well, and his thoughts are relevant even in today's philosophy.
15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 12/17/03 - 12:09:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
jean-paul sartre

though i disagree with one of his main points. he argues that people don't embrace their freedom of choice when they realise they are accountable for their decisions because they're scared of the implications.

i believe we just don't know what to do with our freedom.

15 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 12/17/03 - 12:13:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
I like Sartre better than both Confucius and Aristotle too. But I really like Confucius.
15 yrs ago, 8 mos ago - Thursday 2/26/04 - 7:08:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
kant has a lot of cool ideas, but i have trouble dealing with the lack of individuality that would result from such a rationalization of society. have you read schiller? i love how he deals with kantian philosophy.

as per the question, don't like the rigid hierarchies in confucius so i'll go with aristotle. wish he wrote more readably though (but i guess that's partly translation issues...)

15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 5/28/04 - 10:54:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
craytal
aristotle also considers women inferior to men
because in those days that was normal so
you argument makes no sense
both of did because then it was normal
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 5/28/04 - 11:32:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
What I hold to be true:

Emanuel Kant was a real pissant who was very rarely stable
Heidigger Heidigger was a boozy beggar who could drink you under the table
David Hume could out consume Schopenhauer and Heigel
And Wittgenstein was a beery swine who was just as sloshed as Schlagel.

There's nothing Nietche couldn't teach yea bout the raising of the wrist.
Socrates himself was permanently pissed.

John Stuart Mill of his own free will on half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.
Plato they say could stick it away. Half a pint of whiskey every day.
Aristotle Aristotle was a bugger with a bottle. Hobbs was fond of his dram.
And Renée Descart was a boozey fart.
I drink therefore I am.

Even Socrates himself is particularly missed.
A lovely little thinker but a bugger when he's pissed.

15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 5/28/04 - 11:38:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
Socrates, I suppose. Although at times, he just seemed like a quirky, silly old man.
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 5/28/04 - 11:51:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd have to go with Aristotle, because Kung Fu-tse had beliefs that were almost exact opposite to mine.
15 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 5/28/04 - 11:53:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
Oops! I missed the choices. I'd choose Confucius, I think.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 8/1/04 - 12:19:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
Aristotle. Now, there's a man that knows how to party. Invited him over one time, man is he crazy. Cunfusious, though, he's a stickler.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 8/1/04 - 12:41:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
Neither... and none.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 8/1/04 - 12:49:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I prefer Stoic.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 8/1/04 - 12:50:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
But if I had to choose I'd go with Aristotle.
15 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 8/1/04 - 1:45:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
Lao-tse, man! Yeah, confucius was cool, but i think the founder of taoism has a few more profound ideas.

Indian philosophers, too.

15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 9/20/04 - 2:10:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
Fishie say Confucius is better.
15 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Monday 9/20/04 - 3:52:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
Of the choices, it's hard to say. Of the Western branch, I would have chosen Socrates/Plato over Aristotle as I find the former to be more interested in things still applicable to today than the latter (many of whom's theories, those that were concered with the physical rather than the metaphysical, were debunked as science advanced).

Of the Eastern philosophers I'm with Beau. I'd prefer Lao Tzu or an Indian philosopher (maybe the author(s) of the "Bagavad Gita" as their philosophies have more to do with the true potential of man's individual enlightenment over Confucius's anecdotes and social custom-based philosophy which idealy, but not quite realistically, leads to a social utopia (in his opinion, that is).

Of the two, I would choose Aristotle. But between Eastern and Western philosophy, I tend to choose the former.

15 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/13/04 - 10:25:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
I prefer Aristotle, but I definitely feel sorry for Confucius. He's in a constant state of spin in his grave ever since the "Confucius say" stuff came out. I really hate that stuff.
15 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/13/04 - 10:46:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd have to say Aristotle only because I've never studied Confucius in my life.
15 yrs ago - Wednesday 10/13/04 - 10:53:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
Confucius was a VERY conservative man. That always bothers me. (conservatism, up to a point is good, even a must, but when you go all out, it's down right stupid)

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