23 May 2002 RyanMuldoon   » (Journeyer)

atai: I certainly would *not* call RMS the "Philosopher of our Age," although I pretty much agree with his stance on software. All he is doing is taking fairly common and expounded upon ethical principles found in lots of philosophical texts and applying them to software. While I admire him for his tenacity and effort and dedication, that does not make him the philosopher of our age. What about Noam Chomsky, who revolutionized our theories of language, as well as writing a great deal on politics. Or Wittgenstein, who is generally considered one of the five best philosophers ever for his work on logic and language. Or Bertrand Russell, who published on pretty much every facet of philosophy. Or Saul Kripke. Or, strictly in the field of ethics, Derek Parfit, who has done (And continues to do) some amazing work in ethics, including in-depth analyses of consequentialism. RMS may have moral convictions, but that does not make him a philosopher, let alone the philosopher of our age. But that is not to say that he isn't a very very smart person who has done an amazing amount for Free Software. So while I encourage you to support and laud those who do good for the community, please respect them and others enough to not go overboard with praise.

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