I remember reading once about a philosopher (Kierkegaard? Schopenhauer? Aristotle?) who would deliberately supply their students with misinformation that they should learn better, seek the truth. Cursory google/SEP/wiki searches did not turn up any evidence of either Kierkegaard or Schopenhauer or Aristotle distinctly teaching by such a method. Can anyone here name someone who did?

  • I'm not familiar with that teaching method but my best guess would be that Kierkegaard mentions it with respect to classical Hellenistic philosophy -- particularly to skepticism. – virmaior Aug 30 at 3:38
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    Sounds very zen. – Rusi-packing-up Aug 30 at 3:56
  • I think that Kierkegaard was not a professor. – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Aug 30 at 6:54
  • Considering all concepts are illusions, and all zen koans are grounded in concepts, it can be Nagajuna or any number of eastern philosophers. To merely speak a truth requires a simultaneous lie. Western philosophers, of this nature, would have to be Pyhron, sextus, etc. This method is unavoidable in zen or pyrhonist philosophy...although I dont think this answers your question of "one" philosopher. – Eodnhoj7 Aug 30 at 9:01

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