Beards

10 July 2007 at 9:18 am 7 comments

| Nicolai Foss |

Here are some Great Beards in Philosophy. Robert Aumann could join that club. So could my M.Sc. thesis committee member, the late Karl Vind. Both arguably contributed (almost) as much to analytical philosophy as to economics. The only management scholar with a comparable beard I know of (or at least remember) is R. Edward Freeman. Sid Winter and Michael Cohen come close, however. Are beards over-represented among philosophers and under-represented among economists and management scholars? Why?

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Peter Klein  |  10 July 2007 at 10:16 am

    How about Carl Menger?

  • 2. Nicolai Foss  |  10 July 2007 at 10:22 am

    Sure. I had in mind contemporary economists.

  • 3. Peter Klein  |  10 July 2007 at 10:54 am

    Oh. I was just going to add that Gustav Schmoller had a pretty good one too; perhaps the Methodenstreit was really a battle over beard length and style?

  • 4. a.hogan  |  10 July 2007 at 11:39 am

    I don’t know if philosophers are more likely to have a beard, but they certainly seem more… prominent. On campus we often joke about leaving the business building to go over to the humanities building to play “Homeless or Faculty.”

  • 5. Sudha Shenoy  |  10 July 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Beards usually compensate for a weak/receding chin. What are all these people trying to hide?

  • 6. Peter Klein  |  10 July 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Nicolai, you forgot one of your heroes, Axel Leijonhufvud. And surely Doug North’s is as impressive as Sid Winter’s.

  • 7. Rafe Champion  |  1 November 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Re 5, Bertrand Russell should have grown a beard!

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