The Ultimate Warrior, Professional Wrestler & Philosopher, Created a Glossary of World Philosophies


If you run a web site long enough, you end up covering topics you never thought you’d touch. Like professional wrestling. Come to think of it, we did show you once before Andy Warhol making an unexpected appearance on a 1985 World Wide Wrestling Federation broadcast. But today the subject isn’t an artist with a penchant for wrestling. It’s a wrestler himself. More specifically its The Ultimate Warrior (born James Hellwig) who had a penchant for philosophy.

A star during the 1990s in the WWF,  The Ultimate Warrior died of heart disease last week at the age of 54. After his retirement from wrestling, he became a motivational speaker and life coach. And, as Deadspin notes, he maintained a curious web site that featured a glossary of world philosophies.

If you want serious definitions of philosophy, I’d suggest you visit The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. For something more abbreviated and kooky, you can’t go wrong with The Ultimate Warriors’ dictionary. Let me give you a few quick examples:

This is a real nasty philosophy that asserts man has free will, but exists in an unknowable, malevolent universe with no knowledge of what is right or wrong. The catch is that the individual is responsible (morally accountable) for all his actions, but has no way of knowing what actions are correct. The effects on a person are devastating. (See also Skepticism.)

This is the exact opposite of Objectivism. It’s [sic] epistemology is faith-eaten and mystic-appeasing. It’s [sic] metaphysics is subjective, it’s [sic] ethics are altruistic and it’s [sic] politics are collectivistic. Kant created the exact opposite of what constitutes a philosophy based on reason. His “argument” consists of equivocations, elaborate straw-men (the entire Critique of Pure Reason for example), etc. He was quite an evil person.

This asserts a moral absolute (without any context) that it is wrong to use force. Instead of recognizing the need for self-defense, the pacifist equates all force with evil, equivocating. A pacifist society would perish absolutely when the first gang came along.

This is the belief that intuition is superior to sense-perception and reason, and is filled with mystic gooble-dee-gook. Its epistemology is exclusively subjective. I think this is only popular because it has an interesting sounding name. (See also Mysticism, Subjectivism, Zen.)

If you’re wondering what philosophy The Warrior sympathized with, it seems you need to look no further than Ayn Rand’s Objectivism (surprise, surprise), which he defined as follows: “In essence, a concept where man is a heroic being, and his life is an end in itself, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.”

For more definitions, you can dive into the glossary right here. This curious item comes to us via Leiter Reports.

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  • felonius screwtape says:

    the ultimate warrior was also a major homophobe, to which i can attest personally, since i heard him speak at my university, and therefore i don’t think it’s particularly appropriate for “open culture” to be promoting him and his ignorance, which is further attested to by this dumb glossary.

  • Stephen Cadwell says:

    I’m so disappointed to hear that Warrior was a homophobe and also that he was insulting to the above commenter. I was a fan of his as a kid and it’s always sad to see someone you were fascinated with be/become a cruel and mean person.

    I think his glossary says it all though; it is utter nonsense and should be taken with less than a grain of salt.

    To offer a slightly different view to the above I have to say I am happy to see pro-wrestling being discussed on this site, albeit in a qualified way and focussing on a cruel foolish relic of the 90s. Pro wrestling is a very interesting aspect of modern pop culture. As both a fan and a philosopher I enjoy it on a few different levels. I wouldn’t be so quick to consider it unworthy of consideration of this site’s attention (were it not for Warrior’s silly and ignorant website). But don’t take my word for it, have a look around and see what other cultural commentators have to say about wrestling. A great starting point is the play…

    Which is even more interesting when read in light of Punk’s vegas promo

    But that’s enough from me

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