Tag Archives: #GreatEuropean

Great European of the Week: Thomas Hobbes

This Wednesday marks the 334th anniversary of the death of a European whose life and work have shaped thought on politics and society to this day. Often seen as the most important British political philosopher,…

Great European of the Week: Friedrich Engels

It is said that every great thinker needs an editor. This is typically how Friedrich Engels has been viewed in history – as the St Paul to the Christ of Karl Marx, codifying and explicating…

Great European of the Week: Charles de Gaulle

Born in Lille 22nd November of 1890, Charles de Gaulle pursued a military career during the First World War and was leading the “Free French Forces” resistance against Nazi Germany and the Vichy regime during the…

Great European of the Week: Auguste Rodin – Nov 12

Auguste Rodin, born 12 November 1840, is widely known as a sculptor most famous for his works “The Gates of Hell,” “The Burghers of Calais,” and “The Age of Bronze.” Born in Paris, Rodin faced dejection…

Great European of the Week: Albert Camus – Nov 7

The upheavals of the early 20th Century in Europe produced several generations of our greatest intellectuals. The immediacy of political crisis, the rapid technological evolution of society, the possibility of revolution and the threat of…

Great European of the Week: John Locke – Oct 28

Ever since Plato and Aristotle, Western thought has had a tendency to work in double acts. In the second half of the 17th Century, two Englishmen developed philosophies that would define the modern world. One…

Photo of Hannah Arendt

Great European of the Week: Hannah Arendt

Europe never has and never will stop talking about the Holocaust. There have been a multitude of attempts to come to terms with the genocide – many satisfactory, many sorely lacking – yet perhaps the…

Great European of the Week: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Born August 22, 1908, Henri Cartier-Bresson was an artist contributing greatly to the role of photography in our European culture. His talent and work around the world helped to establish photojournalism as an art form….

Great European of the Week: Napoleon Bonaparte

A military general, the first emperor of France, at his time considered to be the most powerful man in the world, his drive for military expansion changed the world, revolutionized military strategy while he invaded…

Great European of the Week: Sir Alexander Fleming

Sir Alexander Fleming, a doctor and bacteriologist, made the famous discovery by chance of the first antibiotics, which changed the course of the human life. A revolution for medicine as with the discovery of penicillin…