On the occasion of its 85th anniversary, Businessweek put together a list of the 85 “most disruptive” ideas during the past 85 years. Containing some predictable entries like the birth-control pill and email, as well as some odd ones such as kitty litter and name-brand jeans, the list offers not one philosophical idea. It is, of course, a business magazine; no surprise, then.
So let’s imagine a philosophy version with a little more time to work with, and ask, what is the most disruptive philosophical idea of the past 200 years? Try to keep your nominations and explanations (if needed) short — say, no more than three sentences. If we get enough entries perhaps we’ll run a poll and decide, decisively and scientifically, what the most disruptive philosophical idea of the past 200 years has been.
(art: detail of Tor by David Schnell)