Greatest Philosopher

Here you can see the result of BBC's Greatest Philosopher voting. Karl Marx won the first place, receiving 27.93% votes. No surprises. And here is BBC's wonderfully succinct philosopher timeline.


F. said…
Welcome back. :)
F. said…
Now that I've seen the odd.

Are there no female philosophers of note in the history of mankind?
Awais said…
The female philosophers that are in BBC's timeline are:

Hildegaard of Bingen (1098-1179)
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97)
Simone De Beauvoir (1908-86)

Out of these 3, none made it to the short list of top 20.

There are other female philosophers, esp in the 19th century, but none has been as influential as the philosophers on the top 20 list. And i don't believe that this is a distortion of history; it is just a reflection of how females were denied opportunities and how they were discouraged and, perhaps, not taken seriously as a thinker.

Michael Hart, the author of ‘The 100: A Ranking of The Most Influential Persons in History’ has included only 2 women in his list of 100 persons [Queen Isabella I and Queen Elizabeth I] The reason he explains in the introduction: “Throughout history, women have generally been denied such opportunities, and my inclusion of only two females is simply a reflection of that regrettable truth. I see no point in trying to cover up the disagreeable fact of discrimination by adding a few token women to my list.”
Shaheryar Ali said…
Great! Viva La Marx!!
Anonymous said…
Seems to me that Hannah Arendt should have made it, to the timeline if not to the top 20.