Undernet Philosophical Channel Gallery
Eventually each image below will link to the most authoritative web-site on the philosopher in question. At least two links will be provided, but in some instances there will be three in which case the image will link to a list of works (with preference on the ability to read those words directly), the name will be a hyper-link to either a homage site or what seems to be a good biography of the philosopher and a third hyper-link will take you to an encyclopaedia article (preferably wikipedia).
Note that the appearance of a philosopher here does not mean that any of the #philosophical community are his or her followers.
In some instances it is questionable whether certain individuals who appear below are actually philosophers. However, if a person has presented a particular world view, especially one which has had great influence on the world, either for good or ill, then chances are that person will eventually appear here. We may not like what they have to say, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth knowing exactly what is was that they actually said. At some time their views were very attractive to a large group of people, we are interested as to why.
While uncertainly as to the philosophical legitimacy certainly applies to people such as Mao, Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot there are people who question the philosophical legitimacy of a number of other influential thinkers, in part because they raise strong emotions in both those who follow and those who oppose their thinking and in part because they dislike the conclusions drawn. Examples include: Marx, Nietzsche, Machiavelli, Friedman and Rand.
If you believe that a philosopher or influential thinker is missing from this gallery then feel free to email the web site maintainers with the name of the philosopher/thinker, details of websites containing links to the works of the missing individual, a biography and a suitable image.
If you find that a link does not work, or you know of a better link that should be shown, please let us know.
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Last update 2005-04-17