Quotes on Philosophy
I am what I am because of who we all are. (Principle of Ubuntu philosophy)
The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.
I appeal to the philosophers of all countries to unite and never again mention Heidegger or talk to another philosopher who defends Heidegger. This man was a devil. I mean, he behaved like a devil to his beloved teacher, and he has a devilish influence on Germany. ... One has to read Heidegger in the original to see what a swindler he was.
I am a philosopher, not a scientist, and we philosophers are better at questions than answers.
The philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it.
Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship. We should replace it by a more modest and more realistic principle — the principle that the fight against avoidable misery should be a recognized aim of public policy, while the increase of happiness should be left, in the main, to private initiative.
Specialization may be a great temptation for the scientist. For the philosopher it is the mortal sin.
There is nothing more dangerous than a philosopher who wants to change the world
Philosophy is an unusually stubborn attempt to think clearly.
To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.
We philosophers are mistake specialists.
Still, it will sometimes strike a scientific man that the philosophers have been less intent on finding out what the facts are, than on inquiring what belief is most in harmony with their system.
In the past two decades anthropologists have gathered data on life and death in pre-state societies rather than accepting the warm and fuzzy stereotypes. What did they find? In a nutshell: Hobbes was right, Rousseau was wrong.
Philosophers who know only philosophy consign themselves to a janitorial role in the great enterprises of exploration that are illuminating the mysteries of our lives.
Philosophers' Syndrome: mistaking a failure of the imagination for an insight into necessity.
I think so badly of philosophy that I don't like to talk about it. ... I do not want to say anything bad about my dear colleagues, but the profession of teacher of philosophy is a ridiculous one. We don't need a thousand of trained, and badly trained, philosophers — it is very silly. Actually most of them have nothing to say.