Judith Jarvis Thomson

1929 - 2020

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Judith Jarvis Thomson (October 4, 1929 – November 20, 2020) was an American philosopher who studied and worked on ethics and metaphysics. Her work ranges across a variety of fields, but she is most known for her work regarding the thought experiment titled the trolley problem and her writings on abortion. She is credited with naming, developing, and initiating the extensive literature on the trolley problem first posed by Philippa Foot which has found a wide range use since. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Judith Jarvis Thomson has received more than 316,744 page views. Her biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Judith Jarvis Thomson is the 1,186th most popular philosopher (down from 1,108th in 2019), the 8,065th most popular biography from United States (down from 7,802nd in 2019) and the 68th most popular American Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Judith Jarvis Thomson ranks 1,186 out of 1,267Before her are Leila Ahmed, Hermann Lietz, Iris Marion Young, William Chittick, Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde, and Richard Price. After her are David Malet Armstrong, John Major, Papirius Fabianus, Quentin Meillassoux, Hendrik Adamson, and Robert Brandom.

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Among people born in 1929, Judith Jarvis Thomson ranks 419Before her are Ilene Woods, Lady Pamela Hicks, Charles Moore, Remco Campert, Mikhail Krivonosov, and Wanda Wiłkomirska. After her are Kazimir Hnatow, Manfred Kaiser, Carlos Torres, Marcelino dos Santos, Antonine Maillet, and Goffredo Parise. Among people deceased in 2020, Judith Jarvis Thomson ranks 510Before her are Suhaila Siddiq, Lyle Mays, Aarón Padilla Gutiérrez, Cabeção, Johnny Mandel, and Damián Iguacén Borau. After her are Arkady Andreasyan, Marge Champion, Dieter Krause, Ali Bozer, Soumitra Chatterjee, and Wolfgang Clement.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Judith Jarvis Thomson ranks 8,065 out of 20,380Before her are Arthur Freed (1894), Carleton S. Coon (1904), John Varley (1947), Michael Mullen (1946), Everett Sloane (1909), and Thelma Houston (1946). After her are Peter Mark Richman (1927), Tom McCarthy (1966), Bruce Buck (1946), Robin Givens (1964), Lee Unkrich (1967), and Patti Austin (1950).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, Judith Jarvis Thomson ranks 68Before her are Allan Bloom (1930), William Lane Craig (1949), Pat Robertson (1930), Mary Whiton Calkins (1863), Iris Marion Young (1949), and William Chittick (1943). After her are Robert Brandom (1950), William Alston (1921), James Burnham (1905), Alexander Berzin (1944), R. C. Sproul (1939), and Patricia Hill Collins (1948).