Philosophy Now Magazine is having a ‘fun’ survey, asking us to name favourite philosophers. Whatever you think of the survey, let’s not miss out on the opportunity to get some female names in there [we all know what it will look like otherwise…. ].
Philosophy Now magazine is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, and we are marking the occasion by inviting professional philosophers to respond to a short questionnaire. We think your answers would interest our readers by telling them something about the current state of opinion among academics.
Yes, we realize that questions like “who is your favourite philosopher?” might encourage shallow, oversimplistic judgments but hey, we thought we’d do it anyway. It is mainly for fun.
Please reply to me off-list, and I’ll post a summary of responses here afterwards. Individual responses will be treated as confidential and only summaries of responses will be published, both here and in the magazine. And do please feel free to forward this questionnaire to other professional philosophers.
Editor, Philosophy Now
PHILOSOPHY NOW 21st ANNIVERSARY QUESTIONNAIRE
(Please type your answer below each question).
A] Please name the five historical (ie dead) philosophers you consider the most interesting or important.
B] Please name the five living philosophers you consider the most interesting or important.
C] Please name the rising star among younger philosophers (under 40) who you consider the most worth watching.
D] What current philosophical movement, tendency or approach do you consider to be the most interesting?
E] Which two areas of philosophy (i.e. ‘Philosophy of X’) do you consider to be the most active at the present time?
F] What is the most interesting philosophy book published in the last 5 years?
G] (For data analysis purposes only) Are you: (a) an academic (b) a graduate student (c) other philosopher?