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Chillin' With The Modern Greats

5th Apr 2014, 1:02 AM
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Chillin' With The Modern Greats
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Giberion 5th Apr 2014, 1:02 AM edit delete
Giberion
Sorry to say I'm back to drawing today. Drew this strip undrafted on vacation. Also, there's a little mini-comic, which I might pull out some time later when I have something to say.
Sivolock 5th Apr 2014, 8:17 AM edit delete
Sivolock
We're back. Unfortunately, I was unable to convince Gib of my superior artistic ability, and thus he will return as our artist. So be it.

There are plenty of philosophers, but these are the ones that stuck out to me in the modern period. (Interesting aside, the "modern" period in philosophy is from the 17th century to the early 20th century. So not exactly hot off the press.

Contrary to popular beliefs, nearly every philosopher held very active political engagement in the contemporary issues of the time, and had very interesting lives. Descartes was a soldier for part of his life, and was a key player in developing mathematics (the guy who the Cartesian coordinate system is named after, if you didn't remember). Spinoza was heavily persecuted for his beliefs. Leibniz and Newton had a huge spat over who invented calculus. Hume was a close friend of Rousseau during the French Revolution, until Rousseau went kind of insane and claimed the Hume was organizing an international conspiracy around him...

Well, everyone except our good friend Immanuel Kant. According to philosophy legend, Kant was so boring and consistent that the people in his town would set their watches to the time he took his regular daily walk. He never left the town he was born in. He never married. All he ever did was read, lecture at the local university, and write, slaving away at this work until he died.

Kant is my hero. I want to be just like him when I grow up.
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Stever 6th Apr 2014, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
Stever
Great page. Kant sounds like he'd make a good web cartoonist ;D