There are a good number of writers and thinkers who have had an identifiable impact upon the way that I think. Here are three:
Martha Nussbaum, specifically her ‘Fragility of Goodness’, and even more specifically her arguments about Aristotle and contemplation;
Mary Midgley, especially her ‘Science as Salvation;
Janet Radcliffe Richards, her book ‘The Sceptical Feminist’ which, amongst other things, cured me of any naive use of ‘natural’ as a justification for anything.
I think Susan Haack might yet be added to their number, but I haven’t got to grips with her ‘Passionate Moderate’ stuff yet.
Why am I writing all this? Because I read this article. Which is incredibly sad in all sorts of different ways.