In Our Time, Melvyn Bragg’s show on BBC Radio 4, has announced your pick for greatest philosopher. Marx, Hume, Wittgenstein, Nietzsche are the top four in order. I wonder why? You can find out –
I’m not a good source for information about philosophy, but here goes nothing anyway. It seems to me Marx was the founder of one of the two greatest errors of the 20th century – communism. I think we are struggling with the second right now – capitalism. They are both really good ideas, but not when taken on their own. Solo, they became naive, delusional philosophies, which each drew us seductively under its spell. They each describe one side of a coin and insist – on pain of death, or extreme shame anyway – that they are complete.
Isn’t it telling that the In Our Time poll drew such a high response for the spokesman for one side of the same old debate – collectivism/the government vs. the individual/private citizen? Please let it be over! No more ideology. Now, please.
Must post the Greek vs. the German philosopher football match next.