From Jeff Olstad
I make a habit of using the first name or a nickname for the philosophers of our past, I have a few reasons for this: 1# even 2500 years is not that long, I consider it all modern history. 2# I think, as Objectivist minded individuals, we have earned the right to speak as philosophers. So, the old guard are merely contemporaries or rivals, not godlike figures we may not question. They were all men, (or women), all capable of mistakes. 3# I find it helpful to consider them equal, to explain I always look at their work on it’s own merrits. I don’t discount it because it’s old and I’ll fry them if it’s bad enough. I don’t care who they are or when.
This is my point of view.