Philosophical Concepts Explained In Minimalist Posters

We cover geek culture on this blog, but there’s more than one way to be a geek, isn’t there? Although we’re big fans of science and technology, we delve into a subject that’s fuzzier but still offers a lot of intellectual stimulation: philosophy.

It makes sense. There’s not much difference between someone who pores over “Spider-Man,” “X-Men,” or “Batman” comics and someone who prefers to analyze Nietzsche, Plato, Aristotle, or Foucault.

These cool posters done by Genis Carreras, a London-based graphic designer, come to us via Maria Popova’s excellent Brain Pickings blog. Carreras has boiled down some complex philosophical concepts into simple, eye-catching graphics. He calls his project “Philographics” and he’s currently looking for a publisher, so if you so happen to own a publishing company, you might want to get in touch.

You’ll have to squint to read the text on the images, but Popova has reproduced the words on her own blog, so while you can admire the pretty pictures here, you might want to click on over to the link I mentioned earlier.

Solipsism graphic

Relativism graphic

Postivism graphic

Humanism graphic

Holism graphic



Determinism graphic

Authoritarianism graphic

Both philosophy buffs (or philosophy students cramming for exams) and graphic design aficionados should love these. Don’t you feel just a little bit smarter just looking at these images? You’ll be able to impress that cute girl or guy at the next party with your enormous brain of yours.

If you like this, you’ll want to check out these pictogram movie posters, and our article on postmodern Star Wars Trilogy posters.