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    I wonder why Erasmus hasn't been typed. I think he would represent a welcome NF break in that world of NT philosophers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackwater View Post
    I wonder why Erasmus hasn't been typed. I think he would represent a welcome NF break in that world of NT philosophers.

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    I know him well. Him and his buddy Thomas More were pet subjects of mine for a few years...

    I'd say More was a fine candidate for a very healthy ENTP (a role model for the likes of us!), which, given that he and Erasmus got on famously, gives a clue perhaps...

    Reading Moriae Encomium can be enlightening, but it's hard to say how much of the attitude espoused is down to the fashion of the intellectual elite of the time, and how much was really him. I might hazard him as an INTJ...? I get the feeling he might've come across quite a bit like Captain Picard...
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    i agree with the thomas moore entp-thing. like socrates he put his ass on the line for something he believed in.

    with erasmus its just... i get this NF feeling which i cant explain...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackwater View Post
    i agree with the thomas moore entp-thing. like socrates he put his ass on the line for something he believed in.

    with erasmus its just... i get this NF feeling which i cant explain...
    I know what you mean, I was in two minds about that... thinking about how he sorta mocks the stoic approach of 'wise men' in ME, but as I say, that could partly be because subversion and paradox were all the rage at the time.

    I can't imagine him being ENFJ, cos More's wife didn't like him and a lot of people didn't like him face to face, so he can't have had brilliant Fe. ENFP - nah, he was too staid, too bookish for that. INFP - well, possibly... but again I can't imagine INFP's having people react to them the way they did to Erasmus - some foreign ambassadors wrote that he was 'disgusting' - I can't see that word being used of an INFP. And INFJ... he seemed too interested in influencing the world around him to be INFJ.

    Which is why I fell onto the NT side, though I agree it's not ideal...

    I can't figure whether his keenness on spreading his ideas and influencing people/society were due to extraversion or J-ness...

    He could even be an S, y'know... thinking about it... in fact I wouldn't put it past him to have been possibly ISTJ... not a stereotypical one, but like ISTJ's often go when they decide to not be stereotypical... lol

    Reason I say that is because I realised that I instinctively though 'not INFJ' because he was distinctly un-dreamy, quite a big fan of the real world and evidence and facts and stuff...
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