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I do not think that this is an answerable question. I think that some responses betray one of the problems with certain areas of philosophy - A lack of historical perspective. To take the first comment, simply because it is the first, how would we know whether any philosopher alive comes close to Nietzsche? It's not as though his genius was recognised as such during the years in which he was writing. On the other hand, I doubt many would have argued that philosophy was in the doldrums when logical positivism was in the ascendance, but where exactly did it get the discipline in the long run? For what it's worth, I think the major problem with academic philosophy is a tendency for it's practitioners to shout past each other rather than seriously engaging with opposed points of view. I have no idea whether this state of affairs is any better in other disciplines.
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