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Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Arthur William Russell
(b.1872 - d.1970)

British philosopher, logician, essayist, and social critic, best known for his work in mathematical logic and analytic philosophy. His most influential contributions include his defense of logicism (the view that mathematics is in some important sense reducible to logic), and his theories of definite descriptions and logical atomism. Along with G. E. Moore, Russell is generally recognized as one of the founders of analytic philosophy. Along with Kurt Gödel, he is also often credited with being one of the two most important logicians of the 20th century. Over the course of his long career, Russell made significant contributions, not just to logic and philosophy, but to a broad range of other subjects (including education, politics, history, religion, and science), and many of his writings on a wide variety of topics have influenced generations of general readers. After a life marked by controversy (including dismissals from both Trinity College, Cambridge, and City College, New York), Russell was awarded the Order of Merit in 1949 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1950. Also noted for his many spirited anti-war and anti-nuclear protests, Russell remained a prominent public figure until his death at the age of 97.

Aristotle

Aristotle
(384-322 BC)

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951)

Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas
(1225-1274)

David Hume

David Hume
(1711-1776)

 
Buddha

The Buddha (Siddhartha Guatama) 563-483 BCE. The Buddha is beyond words.

Plato

Plato (427-347 BCE) was Socrates' student. The philosopher Alfred North Whitehead observed that the history of western philosophy is nothing but a series of footnotes to Plato.