Durant 10

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The 2002 edition of Will Durant's The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time, which is an edited version of his 1931 Adventures in Genius, which contains his "10 greatest thinkers" list.

In genius studies, Durant 10 (LH:11) is a 1931 ranking by Will Durant, in his Adventures in Genius, of the ten greatest thinkers and ten greatest poets; each are listed below.[1]

Overview

10 greatest thinkers

The following Durant’s ranking of who he considered to be the 10 greatest thinkers:[1]

Thinker
1. Confucius
2. Plato
3. Aristotle
4. Nicolaus Copernicus
5. Thomas Aquinas
6. Francis Bacon
7. Isaac Newton
8. Voltaire
9. Immanuel Kant
10. Charles Darwin

Here, of comment, we note that Durant ranks Plato over Aristotle. This tends to be a signal that the person is biased towards the metaphysical over the physical.

10 greatest poets

The following Durant’s ranking of who he considered to be the 10 greatest poets:[1]

Poet
1. Homer
2. David (Psalms)
3. Euripides
4. Lucretius
5. ?
6. Dante
7. William Shakespeare
8. John Keats
9. Percy Shelley
10. Walt Whitman

Note: poet number five is completely missing from both the table of contents and the "ten greatest poets" chapter?

Other

In 1935 to 1975, Will Durant wrote an 11-volume series of books entitled The Story of Civilization[2], with volumes seven to eleven co-authored with his wife Ariel Durant. In 1968, Durant won the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction, particularly for his 10th volume Rousseau and Revolution.

Quotes

The following are related quotes:

Cardan named, as the ten greatest intellects in history (see: Cardano 12), men not overwhelmingly Christian: Archimedes, Aristotle, Euclid, Apollonius of Perga, Archytas of Tarentum, al Khwarizmi, al-Kindi, Geber, Duns Scotus, and Richard Swineshead, all scientists except Duns.”
Will Durant (1953), The Story of Our Civilization, Volume Five: the Renaissance (pg. 692)[3]

End matter

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 (a) Durant, Will. (1931). Adventures in Genius (Arc) (pg. 3). Publisher.
    (b) Durant, Will. (2002). The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time (§2: The Ten Greatest Thinkers, pgs. 8-30). Simon and Schuster.
  2. The Story of Civilization – Wikipedia.
  3. Durant, Will; Durant, Ariel. (1953). The Story of Our Civilization, Volume Five: the Renaissance, a History of Civilization in Italy from 1304 to 1576 (pg. 692). Publisher.
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