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IN OUR TIME'S GREATEST PHILOSOPHER VOTE
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CELEBRITY NOMINATIONS

In Our Time's Greatest Philosopher vote. Below, see if you can guess who our celebrities have chosen as their greatest philosopher. Just place your cursor over the question mark next to each celebrity to see their choice. To help you there is a quote from each selected philosophers.
 
Mariella Frostrup
Mariella Frostrup.
'Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved.'

Read about Mariella's choice...
SØren Kierkergaard.
 
 
Ann Widdecombe
Ann Widdecombe.
'I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.'

Read about Ann's choice...
Aristotle.
 
 
Terry Wogan
Terry Wogan.
'Dig within. Within is the wellspring of good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.'

Read about Terry's choice...
Marcus Aurelius.
 
 
Andrew Marr
Andrew Marr.
'Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship.'

Read about Andrew's choice...
Karl Popper.
 
 
Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry.
'Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.'

Read about Stephen's choice...
Plato.
 
Charles Kennedy
Charles Kennedy.
'Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.'

Read about Charles' choice...
John Stuart Mill.
 
 
Will Self
Will Self.
'I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.'

Read about Will's choice...
Ludwig Wittgenstein.
 
 
Mark Damazer
Mark Damazer.
'True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it.'

Read about the choice of the Controller of Radio 4...
Karl Popper.
 
 
David Blunkett
David Blunkett.
'Where men are the most sure and arrogant, they are commonly the most mistaken.'

Read about David's choice...
David Hume.
 
 
Anne Robinson
Anne Robinson.
'The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.'

Read about Anne's choice...
Friedrich Nietzsche .
 
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