The BBC radio program "In Our Time" recently conducted a poll of listeners on who was the greatest philosopher of all time. Here is the top five:
1. Karl Marx - 27.9%Aquinas, Socrates, and Aristotle don't show up until #'s 7, 8, and 9, respectively, with less than 5% of the vote each.
2. David Hume - 12.7%
3. Ludwig Wittgenstein - 6.8%
4. Friedrich Nietzsche - 6.5%
5. Plato - 5.7%
I'm not going to say that BBC listeners are representative of the Continent, but the order of the list seems a little too consistent with why we have a Dictatorship of Relativism and why Europe is dying.
Acton's Samuel Gregg has more specifically on the West's Marxist blind spot.