Monday, July 28, 2008

Ten Ideas that Changed History

Can't argue with the list (which includes heavy hitters such as Plato, Wollstonecraft, Descartes, Marx, and Freud).

Of course, I would have added something along the lines of Locke and the idea of "rights" and the "social contract"--in general, the revolutionary view, at least in terms of the history of political philosophy, that the primary purpose of the state is to promote the general welfare of its citizens.

Anything else that should have been on the list?

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At 4:56 PM , Blogger Kenny said...

I'm not sure that I am qualified (or arrogant) enough to suggest ideas worthy of the title, "Ten Ideas that Changed History," assuming that these are meant to be a top ten, rather than a random selection of ten. However, it seems likely to me that history must have been changed by an idea that was not European in origin!
As a side note, congratulations to Mary Wollstonecraft for being the only woman to make the list.

The only concrete suggestion I will make is that Mahatma Gandhi might make a good addition to the list, as he seems to have pioneered modern non-violent resistance.

At 10:09 PM , Blogger Joseph Orosco said...

Kenny: I concur with you in Gandhi! Nonviolent resistance is indeed something that changed the history of the world in the 20th century.


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