Monday, July 12, 2004

Only So Much Kant

SelectSmart.com's new Ethical Philosophy Selector is like most online surveys: it's a somewhat interesting exercise in self-absorbtion, yet yields mildly puzzling results.

My hierarchy of ethical philosophers, for example:

1. Kant (100%)
2. John Stuart Mill (97%)
3. Aquinas (96%)
4. Ayn Rand (85%)
5. Epicureans (83%)
6. Jeremy Bentham (76%)
7. Jean-Paul Sartre (75%)
8. Aristotle (74%)
9. Ockham (74%)
10. Prescriptivism (70%)
11. Spinoza (64%)
12. St. Augustine (64%)
13. David Hume (56%)
14. Plato (47%)
15. Nietzsche (38%)
16. Stoics (38%)
17. Thomas Hobbes (38%)
18. Cynics (22%)
19. Nel Noddings (0%)

Kant? I don't think so. Besides, they didn't even include Popeye, Barney, or John Blutarsky, and I'm pretty sure all of those would be in the top five at least.

Via Gene Expression