Arts: Plato Voted Top of the Pops

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Arts: Plato Voted Top of the Pops


Byline: Ian Hill

IT'S enough to make you put your thinking duncher back on.

For a tome, which most modern academics are thought to dismiss as mostly rubbish, The Republic, written by the ancient Greek Plato has been declared to be the greatest work of philosophy ever known.

And that's official, says The Philosophers' Magazine, publishing the results of a poll of 1,000 philosophy academic students and professors.

The findings put Plato's The Republic top of the top ten pops, with Immanuel Kant's The Critique of Pure Reason coming in at No 2, Darwin's The Origin Of Species at No 3, No 4 being Aristotle's Nichomachean Ethics, No 5 Descartes' Meditations, No 6 Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations, No.7 Aristotle's Metaphysics, No 8 Hume's Human Understanding, No 9 Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil and, at No 10, Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica.

But, of course, the groves of academe are never peaceful and out from the ivory tower's undergrowth have come dissenting voices arguing that the list leans too heavily on the Anglophone to the detriment of other cultures. …

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