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10 fun facts about philosophy

10 fun facts about philosophy

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Socrates never wrote anything down.

Socrates never wrote anything down.

Most of what we know about Socrates comes from his student Plato, who wrote dialogues featuring Socrates as a central character. (what if Socrates wasn’t even real?!?!?)

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Diogenes of Sinope lived in a barrel.

Diogenes of Sinope lived in a barrel.

The ancient Greek philosopher Diogenes practiced and preached Cynicism, advocating for a simple life free from societal norms and material possessions.

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Plato’s real name was Aristocles.

“Plato” was a nickname referring to his broad shoulders or robust physique. (I’m not sure how Plato relates to that, all I can think of is the kids putty)

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The term “philosophy” means “love of wisdom.”

The term “philosophy” means “love of wisdom.”

It comes from the Greek words “philo” (love) and “sophia” (wisdom).

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Immanuel Kant never traveled more than 10 miles from his hometow

Immanuel Kant never traveled more than 10 miles from his hometow

Despite his limited travel, his work has had a profound impact on Western philosophy.

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René Descartes is considered the father of modern philosophy.

René Descartes is considered the father of modern philosophy.

His statement “Cogito, ergo sum” (“I think, therefore I am”) is one of the most famous in philosophy.

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The Stoics believed in practicing “ataraxia.”

The Stoics believed in practicing “ataraxia.”

This term means a state of serene calmness and untroubled mind, aiming to be indifferent to external events.

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Nietzsche’s mustache had its own nickname.

Nietzsche’s mustache had its own nickname.

Friedrich Nietzsche’s large mustache was famously referred to as “the Walrus.”

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Ludwig Wittgenstein gave away his inheritance

Ludwig Wittgenstein gave away his inheritance

He inherited a fortune from his wealthy family but gave it all away to live a simple, ascetic life focused on philosophy.

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Epicurus believed in the pursuit of simple pleasures.

Epicurus believed in the pursuit of simple pleasures.

Contrary to the common use of “epicurean” to describe indulgence, Epicurus actually taught that true pleasure is found in modest living, intellectual pursuits, and friendship.

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Philosophy often seems daunting so I created list to jumpstart my interest in the topic again.

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