01 April 2008

Philosophy 101

Old Wizard presents us with a list of the Top Ten Philosophers of All Time. Now, we like lists as much as the next blog, but we've got some serious problems with this list:

10. Rousseau
9. Hume
8. Hegel
7. Heidegger
6. Kierkegaard
5. Kant
4. Descartes
3. Nietzsche
2. Husserl
1. Socrates/Plato

What about Wittgenstein? Where's Aristotle? Hobbes? Mill? Locke? Leibniz (for goodness' sake!) Frege? Did philosophy stop in mid-20th Century? What about Rawls? Derrida? Rorty? or someone like Dummett, Quine, Davidson, Putnam, etc.

Let's ask the Pythons:

The Philosopher's Song (Monty Python)
by Eric Idle

Immanuel Kant was a real pissant
Who was very rarely stable.

Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar
Who could think you under the table.

David Hume could out-consume
Wilhelm Freidrich Hegel,

And Wittgenstein was a beery swine
Who was just as schloshed as Schlegel.

There's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach ya'
'Bout the raising of the wrist.


John Stuart Mill, of his own free will,
On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.

Plato, they say, could stick it away;
Half a crate of whiskey every day.

Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle,
Hobbes was fond of his dram,

And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart:
"I drink, therefore I am"

Yes, Socrates, himself, is particularly missed;
A lovely little thinker but a bugger when he's pissed!


Anonymous said...


Don't forget, the Greek philosophers kicked the shit out of the German philosophers in football too.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely. Here's the youtube site:


"Kant, Beckenbauer, and Jaspers..."

This is the third MP I've posted on WoW.

Jim H.