March 25, 2013
It's a tie between Socrates/Plato and Hegel. Voltaire said "All philo begins and ends with Plato." I think they *were* diff. Socrates thought that if you kept testing one idea or point of view against another, you *could* arrive at the truth. And that of course the process and "The Truth" (if there is such a thing) would be independent of authority but would be some sort of universal truths. Plato (again, as i see it) thought that were (or at least might be) these universal truths, but due to the limitations of our senses (and hence our experiences, and our thoughts) we could never get at them. As such, it's better to leave philo (and hence government) to people who have devoted their lives to under-standing such things -- the Philosophere Kings. I've always liked Hegel for two main reasons: (1) He was the "last" of the Universal System builders. And he game a series of lectures on philo that kept two Prussian provinces from going to war. Someone who does *that* with philo -- Wow !
I've always been of a philosophical nature.
Short answer for now: A lot of people *believe* such and so and are ready to (in some cases) kill for it -- see the movie "Dogma". Me? More than anything else, i believe in the search.
Very philosophical tao-ist embrace-ing both the spiritual (Hippy - Version 1.5) and the rational (CY-Fi, Sagan, Tsilikovskii, SAM (Science, Art, Maths), the absurd (Howard/Fine/Howard, Groucho..Karlo Marx, Ethyl & Lucy--Enjoy life; do the least harm.