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  • INTP

    8 47.06%
  • INFP

    1 5.88%
  • INTJ

    3 17.65%
  • INFJ

    3 17.65%
  • ENTP

    1 5.88%
  • ENFP

    0 0%
  • ENTJ

    0 0%
  • ENFJ

    0 0%
  • ISTP

    1 5.88%
  • ISFP

    0 0%
  • ISTJ

    0 0%
  • ISFJ

    0 0%
  • ESTP

    0 0%
  • ESFP

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  • ESTJ

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    Default Best type for a Philosopher

    A philosopher is a person with an extensive knowledge of philosophy who uses this knowledge in their work, typically to solve philosophical problems. Philosophy is concerned with studying the subject matter of fields such as aesthetics, ethics, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, as well as social philosophy and political philosophy.

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    Ti.

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    1) INTP
    2) INXJ
    3) ENTP
    4) INFP
    5) ENTJ

    Edit: I voted INFJ even though #1 on my list was INTP simply because I think when INFJ's do philosophy they do it in a way which incorporates more of reality. INTP's are better at the actual process if we are using Western philosophy as the model; if we are using Eastern philosophy, then INFJ for sure.

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    INTJ. Duh.

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    INTP; their whole functional stacking is practically made for it.

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    INTJ. Duh.
    I think they're usually better at the physical sciences to be honest. Te and all.

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    Philosophy needs both the INTJ and the INTP to stay alive: one to solve the problems, the other to dismiss all solutions.

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    The worst function for doing philosophy is probably Ne, which, however, is well-suited to astrophysics, biology, and other sciences that involve making inferences about and discovering patterns in the world of contingent phenomena. The best function for doing philosophy is probably Ti, since philosophy must be clear and precise (even when it's being clear and precise about a lack of clarity and precision) in order to qualify as philosophy. To use Ti is to use one particular form of Fe; when a person defines something, they're functioning on a social level. So to say that Ti is the best function for doing philosophy entails saying that Fe is the best function for doing philosophy. As a result, I say that an INFJ or an ENFJ with well-developed Ti is the best type of philosopher.
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    I voted INTP. I think INTJ's in general would have little tolerance, in the long run, with building a life around studying something as nebulous and opinion-based as philosophy. I would also think that an INTJ who decided it was important to study would make an excellent philosopher, but apparently Ayn Rand was an INTJ, so who the hell knows.
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    I have a masters in philosophy. I think Ni and Ne are equally useful in philosophy. Ti however, imo, is much better than Te here. Te gets too impatient with all the logical details inherent in analytic philosophy.
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    I think there is no single best type for philosophy. Different types tend to ponder on slightly different things and from different perspectives. Without having different types representing different ways of thinking and looking at things, philosophy as a whole would become poorer and too much focused on particular things from a particular point of focus. All i can really say that S types often arent as philosophical than N types and while F(as a function, not type) can make you focus on important questions/meanings, but T is the one that actually gives it some concrete form or rationale which is required for any outcomes to come from philosophizing. TJs often dont have that drive for thinking about philosophy much(especially ETJs), but some INTJs do(but with them i feel that often there is too little conscious focus on the F side and too much focus on inner images that strengthen their already existing ways of thinking).

    I think best types for philosophers are(not in particular order) NTPs, NFJs, NFPs, INTJ and maybe ISFJs.

    Quote Originally Posted by kquirk View Post
    I voted INTP. I think INTJ's in general would have little tolerance, in the long run, with building a life around studying something as nebulous and opinion-based as philosophy. I would also think that an INTJ who decided it was important to study would make an excellent philosopher, but apparently Ayn Rand was an INTJ, so who the hell knows.
    ayn rand is a perfect example on how NiTe shouldnt be integrated to philosophy. but she had her traumatic life and all that which focused her thinking on some half thought out opinions which she screamed at the world cuz the world seemed stupid in her eyes due to too heavy focus on NiTe(which when she does it seems like a half psychotic defense mechanism of a trauma patient than anything else).
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