The 10 Greatest Philosophers in History

Listverse recently posted it’s list of the 10 Greatest Philosophers in History. Trying to sift through all of the great thinkers of the world and come up with a list of the top 10  is a tall order.  But, here’s what they came up with.

10.  John Locke

9.  Epicurus

8.  Zeno

7.  Avicenna

6.  Thomas Aquinas

5.  Confucius

4.  Descartes

3.  Paul of Tarsus

2.  Plato

1.  Aristotle

The challenge, of course, is to try and understand what they mean by “greatest.” And, there is certainly lots of room for debate on who they chose and how they ordered it. At the very least, I think I would pick a bone with including Zeno and Epicurus over people like Parmenides and Seneca, and the complete neglect of modern philosophers.  But, it was interesting nonetheless.



6 Responses to “The 10 Greatest Philosophers in History”

  1. Lance Ponder February 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    Too bad Jesus or Thomas Jefferson didn’t make the list.

  2. Bobby Grow February 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    It’s no fair with Jesus, the God-Man would seem to be a category unto himself ;-) .

    • Nathan Stitt February 26, 2011 at 4:13 am #

      I’m with Bobby on that one. I was surprised Kant didn’t make the grade.

  3. pgroach February 26, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Add: Nietzsche and Kant

    Remove: Avicenna and Paul


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