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Simon Raper at Drunks & Lampposts has composed a data visualization of the relations of influence among philosophers. Who was more important, Edmund Husserl or Jean-Paul Sartre? Well, you may not have heard of Husserl, but the size of his node is a bit bigger than Sartre’s, so according to the graph, he’s had more of an influence on the profession. Raper’s graph seems to provide an excellent start for pondering the question.

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