When someone on our message boards suggested that we do a blog on philosophers’ names a while back, my first reaction was hmm, that sounds a bit heavy! And maybe just a bit too esoteric?
But it’s names we’re after, and, digging around, I found that there are quite a few usable first name choices in that field, from across time and a wide variety of cultures. And let’s not forget– Plato, Socrates and Aristotle (as in Onassis) are regularly used as everyday names in modern Greece.
Here are twenty worth considering, together with their philosophical isms—not that you have to plow through all their treatises to use one of their names:
Anselm, St. –Italian monk who founded Scholasticism,
Aristotle – ancient Greek philosopher, scientist and logician (not to mention the name of a character in the video game Rygar and in several comics and movies); has the user-friendly nickname Ari, as used for Mr. Onassis
Benedetto Croce—Italian philosopher who made major contributions to the aesthetics of idealism.
Jiddu Krishnamurti –Indian spiritual philosopher
Luce Irigaray—Contemporary Belgian feminist philosopher
Ludwig Wittgenstein—Austrian-born English philosopher concerned with logic and language
Niccolo Machiavelli—Italian Renaissance statesman and philosopher who argued that any act of a ruler to gain and hold power is permissible
Noam Chomsky—Contemporary American linguist, philosopher, and political activist
Quintin Meillassoux— Contemporary French philosopher of the school of “speculative realism.”
Søren Kirkegaard—Danish Existentialist philosopher and religious thinker