The 30 Harshest Philosopher-on-Philosopher Insults in History


25. Jean-Paul Sartre on Albert Camus
“Camus… a mix of melancholy, conceit and vulnerability on your part has always deterred people from telling you unvarnished truths. The result is that you have fallen prey to a gloomy immoderation that conceals your inner difficulties and which you refer to, I believe, as Mediterranean moderation. Sooner or later, someone would have told you this, so it might as well be me.” [via]

24. Søren Kierkegaard on H.L. Martensen
“My opponent is a glob of snot.” [via]

23. Plato on Diogenes
(In response to Diogenes lampooning Plato’s use of the terms “tableness” and “cupness” to describe the properties of objects, and claiming that he could see a table and a cup, but nothing more): “That is natural enough, for you have eyes, by which a cup and a table are contemplated; but you have not intellect, by which tableness and cupness are seen.” [via]

22. Anthony Kenny on Jacques Derrida
“Derrida… introduced new terms whose effect is to confuse ideas that are perfectly distinct.” [via]

21. Camille Paglia on Michel Foucault
“The truth is that Foucault knew very little about anything before the seventeenth century and, in the modern world, outside France. His familiarity with the literature and art of any period was negligible. His hostility to psychology made him incompetent to deal with sexuality, his own or anybody else’s. … The more you know, the less you are impressed by Foucault.” [via]