Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Who would score highest on the LSAT?

Friedrich Nietzsche
9
5%
Ludwig Wittgenstein
41
22%
Immanuel Kant
44
23%
Socrates
27
14%
Ayn Rand
22
12%
Aristotle
24
13%
Karl Popper
4
2%
Karl Marx
7
4%
Richard Rorty
4
2%
Gottlob Frege
7
4%
 
Total votes: 189

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homestyle28
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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby homestyle28 » Fri May 11, 2012 11:59 am

Kripke.

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Postby Odd Future Wolf Gang » Fri May 11, 2012 12:06 pm

What about DERRIDA brothers?

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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby TTTLS » Fri May 11, 2012 12:10 pm

I want to say Kant. Wittgenstein though would probably be a more appealing applicant to an admissions committee, with his personal statement focusing on his time as a POW.

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Postby Tom Joad » Fri May 11, 2012 12:11 pm

Ayn Rand with only 1 other vote besides mine?

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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby twenty » Fri May 11, 2012 12:16 pm

Where the frack is Bertrand Russell? I would bet anything he'd get a 180 first go around.

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Postby albusdumbledore » Fri May 11, 2012 12:16 pm

TTTLS wrote:I want to say Kant. Wittgenstein though would probably be a more appealing applicant to an admissions committee, with his personal statement focusing on his time as a POW.

Wittgenstein would certainly have a hell of a personal statement. But Kant's that 180/4.0 guy who never did anything except sit in his room and study. And maybe go for an occasional stroll across campus.

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Postby Joeshan520 » Fri May 11, 2012 12:19 pm

Nietzsche was a tenured professor at age 24, I think that would make for a hell of a personal statement.

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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby emptyflare » Fri May 11, 2012 12:38 pm

Bertrand Russell or John Stuart Mill

Mill's childhood genius is pretty eye-popping. Skim over the first 9 paragraphs of his Wikipedia biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Stuart_Mill.

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Postby Joeshan520 » Fri May 11, 2012 12:40 pm

I read Mill's "Autobiography". His father sounded like a complete dick.

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Postby charliep » Fri May 11, 2012 12:43 pm

ooo leibniz. he invented calculus independently from newton, so im sure he could handle the games

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Postby emptyflare » Fri May 11, 2012 12:44 pm

Joeshan520 wrote:I read Mill's "Autobiography". His father sounded like a complete dick.


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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby ams212 » Fri May 11, 2012 12:47 pm

Seriously anyone who has ever read Ayn Rand (good books, very flawed philosophy) would know she doesn't belong on this list.

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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby stillwater » Fri May 11, 2012 12:48 pm

Ayn Rand is a hack.

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Postby Applying_Late » Fri May 11, 2012 12:49 pm

Motherf'in Kant is turning in his grave right now, shouting "how is Ayn Rand in the philosopher category!?" She was a novelist at best.

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Postby RedBirds2011 » Fri May 11, 2012 12:50 pm

ams212 wrote:Seriously anyone who has ever read Ayn Rand (good books, very flawed philosophy) would know she doesn't belong on this list.


Have you read her nonfiction or just atlas and fountainhead? She certainly has flawed ideas like anyone, but she is definitely pretty intelligent. Just because you don't agree with her doesn't mean she doesn't have the intelligence for a good LSAT score.

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Postby top30man » Fri May 11, 2012 12:51 pm

stillwater wrote:Ayn Rand is a hack.

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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby albusdumbledore » Fri May 11, 2012 12:56 pm

RedBirds2011 wrote:
ams212 wrote:Seriously anyone who has ever read Ayn Rand (good books, very flawed philosophy) would know she doesn't belong on this list.


Have you read her nonfiction or just atlas and fountainhead? She certainly has flawed ideas like anyone, but she is definitely pretty intelligent. Just because you don't agree with her doesn't mean she doesn't have the intelligence for a good LSAT score.

stillwater wrote:Ayn Rand is a hack.

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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby Band A Long » Fri May 11, 2012 12:58 pm

Leibnez / Wittingstein / Russell are all solid answers IMHO

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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby RedBirds2011 » Fri May 11, 2012 1:01 pm

albusdumbledore wrote:
RedBirds2011 wrote:
ams212 wrote:Seriously anyone who has ever read Ayn Rand (good books, very flawed philosophy) would know she doesn't belong on this list.


Have you read her nonfiction or just atlas and fountainhead? She certainly has flawed ideas like anyone, but she is definitely pretty intelligent. Just because you don't agree with her doesn't mean she doesn't have the intelligence for a good LSAT score.

stillwater wrote:Ayn Rand is a hack.


I'm assuming you probably never actually read her in any detail. Maybe fountainhead or maybe I'm wrong, but as someone who has read every one of her books and is a critic of much of what she says, I still get pretty annoyed with how often a lot of supposed critics often completely miss the point and don't actually get her at all.

Edit: it also helps to know her personal history and where she came from. It explains A LOT on why she has the radical view points she has.
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Postby Richie Tenenbaum » Fri May 11, 2012 1:04 pm

twentypercentmore wrote:Where the frack is Bertrand Russell? I would bet anything he'd get a 180 first go around.


Wittgenstein had more brainpower than Russell. Neither of the two would have disagreed with that. I would probably rather hang out with and be friends with Russell, but wittgenstein was a freak of nature when it came to intelligence.

Bertrand Russell wrote:His criticism, 'tho I don't think he realized it at the time, was an event of first-rate importance in my life, and affected everything I have done since. I saw that he was right, and I saw that I could not hope ever again to do fundamental work in philosophy.

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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby MachineLemon » Fri May 11, 2012 1:08 pm

Russell and Gödel should probably be on the list.

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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby RedBirds2011 » Fri May 11, 2012 1:09 pm

MachineLemon wrote:Russell and Gödel should probably be on the list.


+1

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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby Applying_Late » Fri May 11, 2012 1:10 pm

RedBirds2011 wrote:
ams212 wrote:Seriously anyone who has ever read Ayn Rand (good books, very flawed philosophy) would know she doesn't belong on this list.


Have you read her nonfiction or just atlas and fountainhead? She certainly has flawed ideas like anyone, but she is definitely pretty intelligent. Just because you don't agree with her doesn't mean she doesn't have the intelligence for a good LSAT score.


I don't think that's the problem. The problem is that she's listed amongst top philosophers, and she just doesn't belong in that list at all. So many novelists--Camus, Kafka, and Huxley are three that come to mind--can be considered intelligent and even have some philosophical tendencies but would never be considered as philosophers. I think many people would put Camus, Kafka, and Huxley above Ayn Rand in terms of philosophical contributions (and they would definitely rank those three authors as stronger and better novelists than Rand).

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Re: Philosopher's Highest Score on the LSAT

Postby albusdumbledore » Fri May 11, 2012 1:11 pm

RedBirds2011 wrote:I'm assuming you probably never actually read her in any detail. Maybe fountainhead or maybe I'm wrong, but as someone who has read every one of her books and is a critic of much of what she says, I still get pretty annoyed with how often a lot of supposed critics often completely miss the point and don't actually get her at all.

She's not a philosopher, but I'll be totally honest--I've never read one of her books. Whereas I've read multiple works by almost all of the rest of the list. She's always struck me as high school english class fodder. I would have been laughed out of the room if I'd told one of my philosophy profs I wanted to write a paper on Ayn Rand.

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