Saturday, 30 October 2010

chosen categories + chosen philosophers + decided 'property' colours

I have decided my categories of philosopher and which philosophers I decided fit best into the categories. The process had to consider the reputation of certain philosophers as well as how well they fit with their category counterparts. I also wanted a varied range of philosophers over time. This is why they range from Heraclitus (the oldest philosopher on the board) to Richard Swinburne (who is still alive today.)

Arranging all the philosophers chronologically simply wouldn't work because it would leave philosophers in property groups that don't hold any categorised significance for the set. This is why I chose to work with individual categories by colour as opposed to devising an impossible system to categorise philosophers by their main areas of study and to maintain some sort of chronological order.

An example of why this may not work is that for the Existentialists, the philosophers Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Sarte's lives span over roughly 200 years. It is simply easier to bring them together as Existentialists. Otherwise Sarte would probably end up with Richard Swinburne - who's philosophical ideas are not evidently intrinsically linked - in the 'Park Lane/Mayfair' category as they are the most contemporary philosophers on the board.

Without further ado, here are my decided categories listed in the correct order for the board. Meaning, Protagoras is the first space on the board after the beginning space, 'Go!':

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ideas for chosen categories of philosopher for monopoly board



1. Anaximander

2. Xenophanes

3. Heraclitus

4. Pythagoras

5. Philolaus

6. Archytas

7. Democritus

8. Protagoras

9. Hippias

10. Parmenides

11. Gorgias

12. Antiphon

13. Prodicus

14. Critias

15. Anaxagoras

16. Zeno of Elea

17. Anaximenes of Miletus

18. Thales of Miletus

19. Pherecydes of Syros

20. Alcmaeon of Croton


1. St. Thomas Aquinas

2. Augustine of Hippo

3. Clement of Alexandria

4. Boethius

5. Anselm of Canterbury

6. John Duns Scotus

7. Martin Luther

8. John Calvin

9. Karl Barth

10. Joseph Butler

11. John Henry Newman

12. William Lane Craig

13. Francis Hutcheson

14. Immanuel Kant

15. Søren Kierkegaard

16. C.S. Lewis

17. Paul Tillich

18. Richard Swinburne

19. Peter van Inwagen

20. Pope John Paul II


1. Karl Marx

2. Emile Durkheim

3. Max Weber

4. Auguste Comte

5. Herbert Spencer

6. Robert K. Merton

7. Georg Simmel

8. Talcott Parsons

9. Anthony Giddens

10. Paul Lazarsfield

11. Jurgen Habermas


1. Sigmund Freud

2. Carl Jung

3. Ivan Pavlov

4. B.F. Skinner

5. Jerome Barkow

6. William James

7. Hans Eyseneck

8. Abraham A. Brill

9. Sandor Ferenczi

10. Edward C. Tolman

11. John B. Watson

12. Abraham Maslow

13. George Kelley


1. Jean-Paul Sartre

2. Frederick Nietzsche

3. Søren Kierkegaard

4. Martin Heidegger

5. Franz Kafka

6. Martin Buber

7. Rudolf Bultmann

8. Albert Camus

9. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

10. Walter Kaufmann

11. Paul Tillich

12. Karl Jaspers


1. Socrates

2. Gottfried Leibniz

3. Rene Descartes

4. Baruch Spinoza

5. Immanuel Kant


1. Aristotle

2. Thomas Aquinas

3. G.E. Moore

4. F.H. Bradley

5. Francis Bacon

6. Jeremy Bentham

7. John Stuart Mill

8. Mohandas Ghandi

9. Philippa Foot

10. R.M. Hare

11. John Locke

12. J.L. Mackie

13. Bertrand Russell

14. Gautama Buddha


1. Socrates

2. Plato

3. Aristotle

4. Ammonius Saccas

5. Plotinus

6. Porphyry

7. Iamblichus

8. Proclus

9. Simplicius

10. Gemistus Pletho

11. Antisthenes

12. Emperor Julian

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Friday, 29 October 2010

ways to categorise philosophers for philosophy monopoly

Here are potential ways of categorising philosophers for the groups of 'properties' on a monopoly board that have come to mind:
  1. Existentialists
  2. Naturalists
  3. Christian Thinkers
  4. Buddhist Thinkers
  5. Psychologists
  6. Scientists
  7. Atheists
  8. Ancient Greek
  9. Pre-Socratic
  10. Environmentalists
  11. Utilitarian
  12. Ethicists
  13. Sociologists
  14. Metaphysical
  15. Epistemologists
  16. Determinists
  17. Logicists
  18. Aestheticians
  19. Political Thinkers
  20. Meta Ethicists
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Wednesday, 27 October 2010

andy martin illustration

Discovered this guy in New Scientist magazine as he did some illustrations to accompany the main article in the 23rd October 2010 issue. Unfortunately I could not find the actual illustrations from that article which are very engaging. But nevertheless, I have found some inspiring illustrations on his website. He has worked with some big name clients such as E4 Music, Beastie Boys (the band), Tesco, J2O and Kerrang! TV.

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mark weaver - good magazine

Mark Weaver has produced some very clean illustrative accompaniments to an article in GOOD magazine that explains how some of the worlds most prominent futurists talk about the importance of slowness as well as speed in technological advancement. The imagery is an appropriate reflection of the content of the article. I find the relationship of image and suggestion fascinating.

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owen gildersleeve editorial illustration

Some very nice card-based editorial illustration from Owen Gildersleeve. The use of card is very individual and adds a very earthy touch to the design, yet with a very crisp, professional finish.

The Recession - For I.D. Magazine

Cutting Taxes - For Money Magazine

Video Game Piracy - For Wired

The Clean-Tech Race - For Diplomat Magazine

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