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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.
The history of philosophy is to a great extent that of a certain clash of human temperaments.
Philosophy is an unusually stubborn attempt to think clearly.
The philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it.
To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.
I am what I am because of who we all are. (Principle of Ubuntu philosophy)
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' Syndrome: mistaking a failure of the imagination for an insight into necessity.
There is nothing more dangerous than a philosopher who wants to change the world
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.
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.
I am a philosopher, not a scientist, and we philosophers are better at questions than answers.
We philosophers are mistake specialists.
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.
Specialization may be a great temptation for the scientist. For the philosopher it is the mortal sin.
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