"Top Five" Philosophy Works

Burt Thorp bthorp at PLAINS.NODAK.EDU
Tue Nov 23 03:11:55 UTC 1999

I knew I'd provoke a medievalist with my comments--the key word is
"creative" in the sense of wholly new views that change how people view the
world, or at least change the course of philosphy.

At 11:20 AM 11/22/1999 +0100, you wrote:
>On 22 Nov 99, at 2:13, Burt Thorp wrote:
>> [...] One should instead compare the most creative periods of
>> Indian philosophy with the creative periods in the west.  For the
>> west, those periods would be the Greeks, then a long gap until
>> Descartes and up to the early 20th century (the books on the
>> list).
>I certainly do _not_ want to start a discussion on this topic at all,
>but simply want to know whether you have have forgotten
>authors like Anselm of Canterbury, Duns Scotus, Thomas
>Aquinas, William of Ockham, or Nicholas of Cusa (to name only
>some of the most original ones and not to mention some of the
>ingenious Italian Renaissance thinkers) etc. etc.? (Hopefully
>your definition of philosophy is not so narrow as to exclude these
>With kind regards,
>Roland Steiner

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