|Henry David Thoreau|
First of all, it's not a recognized term in philosophy.
The words "systematic approach" and "reliance on rational argument," pretty much nullify the concept of visionary.Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as those connected with existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. It is distinguished from other ways of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. The word "philosophy" comes from the Greek φιλοσοφία (philosophia), which literally means "love of wisdom.”
Secondly, when the word visionary is searched by Google (or any other engine), it comes up with meanings like unrealizable, impractical, dreamer, or a state of seeing the future through meditation or drugs.
A visionary can also be a person with a clear, distinctive and specific (in some details) vision of the future.In contrast, here is an apt description of a philosopher, by Henri-Frederic Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss philosopher and poet:
Key words: sees things as they are."The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication. He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature. He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are. It is in this that his liberty consists—in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record."
Thirdly, if you do an internet search using both words together, you get a list of links to everyone else who has taken these tests and was told they were a visionary philosopher.
Finally, the somewhat conclusive results of my short and simple scientific research into the matter are as follows:
Like I was saying, I always thought the tests were, well, full of themselves.Visionary Philosopher - Basically, an oximoron. Extended meaning: could be a paradox.
~ A Few Great Quotes on Vision ~
- Vision is more than just a picture; it should capture your passion. ~me
- The question is not what you look at, but what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau
- The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going. ~Annonymous
- Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~George Bernard Shaw
- Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. ~Ayn Rand
- Where there is no vision, the people perish. ~Proverbs 29:18a
- Yeah, a hell of a vision. ~Woodrow Call, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry