What's your philosophy type?

Here's a fun quiz from Mark Vernon, who has a new book called Plato's Podcasts. I have just one question. Wasn't the ipod invented rather recently? My guru, according to the quiz: Aristotle. Which is right, so there must be something to it!

Saturday Update: Mark has an interesting "Comment is Free" about Angela Hobbs becoming "fellow of the public understanding of philosophy" at Warwick University. If Richard Dawkins can play that role in science so successfully, why not similar positions in philosophy? Why not, indeed?

It's interesting how Mark bemoans the lower public interest in philosophy in the UK, compared to France. I think the public is even less interested in philosophy here in the US than in the UK. It's a minor miracle when something philosophical makes it into the mainstream media. So yesterday it was fun to see a New York Times blog covering a recent article in The Philosopher's Magazine about the paucity of women in philosophy.


Faust said...


s. wallerstein said...

Zeno of Citium.

s. wallerstein said...

Puzzled did it again, changing one answer which I wasn't sure about and now Epicurus, which seems more like me.

s. wallerstein said...

The term "philosophy" covers a wider spectrum of thinking or is a broader field in France than it is in the U.K. or the U.S. Would Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu and Bernard Henri Levy (spelling) be considered philosophers in an English-speaking country? I'm not contesting the intellectual merits of any of the above French thinkers (I left out Derrida intentionally), just observing that given that philosophy covers a wider range of thought in France, it is more popular.

Wayne said...

heh I'm pyrrho! Woo!