for your office
If you like the pieces and want to decorate your office (or department walls) with them, there are prints, mugs, shirts, tote bags, and various other forms of each piece available at my society6 storefront. If you like them all, the Philosopher Portraits Calendars might be perfect for you. Large-scale posters of some of the pieces are available here.
using the images
If you'd like to use one of these images (for a conference poster, book cover, website, etc.,) please ask me. I am often happy to help, and will try to ensure that you have the appropriate file type for your needs. I do ask that the images be properly attributed.
Plato, paired with the Lascaux cave drawings, to reflect Plato's famous allegory.
Aristotle. Paired with DaVinci's sketchbook style, for their similarly exacting studies of nature.
David Hume. Paired with Eduardo Paolozzi, whose mosaic style reflects Hume's dictum that there are no necessary connections between distinct essences.
Jeremy Bentham. Paired with Wayne Thiebaud, largely for Bentham's emphasis on hedonist utilitarianism, but partly also for his famous desires concerning the preservation of his body upon death.
Immanuel Kant. Paired with Pablo Picasso, since both focused a great deal of their work on the obstacles to direct perception of the external world.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, who developed a metaphysics according to which the world is made up of atom-like 'monads', paired with contemporary pointilist Chuck Close.
Soren Kierkegaard, in the style of Roy Lichtenstein. This image pairing reflects the opening line of Kierkegaard's Sickness Unto Death, in which he defines 'the self' as a relation which relates itself to its own self.
Gottlob Frege. Paired with Van Gogh's Starry Night, as a pun on Frege's famous puzzle about the significance of learning that "Hesperus is Phosphorus."
Rudolf Carnap. Paired with László Moholy-Nagy, whose work Carnap considered most in line with the spirit of his own.
Friedrich Nietzsche. Paired with Paul Klee, for their similar emphasis on delight in primitive forms.
Bertrand Russell. Rendered in an Art-Deco style.
Ruth Barcan Marcus. In the style of Roy Lichtenstein, an artist whose work is similarly focused on the analysis of a particular formula. Translated from symbolic modal logic, this reads "If everything is necessarily F, then necessarily, everything is F."
Ruth Barcan Marcus. In the style of Roy Lichtenstein, an artist whose work is similarly focused on the analysis of a particular formula. The image and formula are the converse of 'Formulaic v.1'.
Kurt Gödel. Rendered in the Art-Nouveau style, for its emphasis on recursion, since they echo Godel's prominent work in recursive proofs in logic.
Ludwig Wittgenstein. Paired with Piet Mondrian, for their similar beliefs about the logic of space.
Iris Murdoch. Paired with Lucian Freud, for similar emphasis on avoiding idealization.
Albert Camus, paired with Edvard Munch's The Scream.
Simone De Beauvoir. Paired with Frida Kahlo for their shared interest in self-portrayal and the social construction of femininity.
Philippa Foot. Paired with Toulouse Lautrec, for their parallel interests in the relationship between moral norms and the norms of ettiquette.
John Rawls. Paired with Rene Magritte, whose work abstracts from the individualizing features of actual subjects in a way that renders them interchangable, but still seemingly masculine.
David Lewis. Based on Van Gogh's portrait of a Postman, on account of Lewis' tolerance of a plethora of views.
GEM Anscombe. Paired with Jackson Pollock, an American action painter; the work of each centers on the nature and consequences of action.
WVO Quine. Paired with Salvador Dali, based on a shared preference for desert landscapes.
C.L. Stevenson, paired with Barnett Newman’s ‘Concord’, for their parallel interest in the logic of expressive forms.
P.F. Strawson, paired with Ed Ruscha for their similarly exacting work on the contours of natural language.