Thursday, September 15, 2005

Is It Any Wonder?

Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

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%
2. David Hume - 12.7%
3. Ludwig Wittgenstein - 6.8%
4. Friedrich Nietzsche - 6.5%
5. Plato - 5.7%
Aquinas, Socrates, and Aristotle don't show up until #'s 7, 8, and 9, respectively, with less than 5% of the vote each.

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.

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