Originally posted by Sakii
and why is that?
For a definition of good philosophy as "philosophy that is a functional and useful model of the world," then there's no action to "do philosophy." You aren't gonna sit around rolling Intelligence + Lore until you come up with the categorical imperative or the übermensch or process theology or whatever. It's subsumed into roleplaying. And, while the Exalted can be master savants and geniuses, genius isn't really a thing that maps directly into the realm of philosophy. There've probably been a bunch of Solar philosophers who've had very good ideas. There've probably been a bunch of Lunar philosophers who've had very good ideas. But there are way more mortals in Creation, and being mortal does not mean "ha ha can never have good ideas fuckass." So while the orichalcum trophy for "Best at Philosophy" might go to a Solar savant or a Lunar mystic, it could also just go to an ordinary woman who has spent a lot of time thinking about things and had some very good ideas.
(albeit devising the greatest philosophy ever conceived of in Creation is probably a good way to earn an Exaltation)
That said, the mortal philosopher isn't going to be so supremely eloquent that her lectures make disciples of even the worst enemies, or so resolute that she can shake off mind-warping madness of the Wyld by asserting her philosophy, or so perceptive that she can intuitively sense when her teachings are being challenged within her philosopher-kingdom. Those deeds are the feats of the Exalted.