Oct 25, 2010

Philosophers and Their Buzzwords: A Primer on Metaphysics


A Table of Western Philosophers and Their Metaphysical Systems


Philosopher
Buzzword
ThalesArche (Latin for "first principle")
HeraclitusBecoming
ParmenidesThe One
SocratesDialectic
PlatoThe Forms
Aristotlebeing qua being
Thomas AquinasGod as Being
DescartesThe Cogito (Latin for "I think")
SpinozaGod as Causa Sui
LeibnizMonads
HumeExperience
KantThe Transcendental
HegelAbsolute Spirit
NietzscheWill-to-Power
KierkegaardRelation
MarxCapital
FreudEgo
HeideggerDasein (Literally in Germain, "being-there")
SartreExistence precedes essence
LacanSymbolic
FoucaultPower
DerridaDifférance (with an “a”)
BatailleEros
DeleuzeFlow
BaudrillardSimulacrum
DesmondThe Metaxu (The Between)
ButlerInscribed Body
ŽižekIdeology

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