Who Are the Most Influential Thinkers in the World: British Choice

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Readers of British Prospect magazine has to answer this question through Twitter and Facebook for a poll called “World Thinkers 2015”. The most strongly represented are economists. 

Economist and philosopher Amartya Sen took the first place last year. She focuses on social, political and environmental challenges in the developing world. All of the top 10 thinkers of this year’s list are also focusing on the developing world and many of them are on the political left.

Thomas Piketty
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Piketty published an extraordinary work of economics called “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” in which he stated that “capitalist economies have a natural tendency to incubate highly unequal distributions of income and wealth.”

Yanis Varoufakis

The now installed Finance Minister of Greece, Varoufakis took part in leading Syriza to victory in the Greek general election in January.

Naomi Klein

Main focus of Klein’s work has been on leading the charge against the excesses of consumer capitalism and she has also been described as the “the most visible and influential figure on the American left,” by The New Yorker.

Russell Brand

Considered a spiritual leader of Britain’s anti-capitalist youth.

Paul Krugman

Krugman, who is a Nobel laureate and Princeton professor, writes a column for The New York Times and shapes international economic debates.

Arundhati Roy

Corporate corruption and the status of women in India are only some of the issues Roy focuses on in her successful career.

Jurgen Habermas

This German philosopher suggested that the EU is in crisis and needs reform more than ever. In his essay The Lure of Technocracy, Habermas argued for democratization of European institutions.

Daniel Kahneman

Author of a bestseller “Thinking Fast and Slow”, Kahneman has been described as “the world’s most influential living psychologist” by Steven Pinker.

John Gray
In his new book “The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom”, Gray argues that the West has been living in the “liberal delusion” for the last 25 years.

Atul Gawande

Apart from being a surgeon, Gawande is a staff writer at The New Yorker and published in his latest book “Being Mortal”, he criticized “messy intersection of science and human fallibility.”

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