Explaining philosophy through basic shapes! Created by Genis Carreras. A big thanks to yoiness for bringing this to my attention



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  1. bulsara #
    August 29, 2011

    really cool

    • thebrainbehind #
      August 29, 2011

      I’m glad that u like them bulsara 🙂

  2. Nicky D #
    August 29, 2011

    Why is Hedonism a pink triangle? Do you know about the origin of the pink triangle & who uses it these days? Just wondering. Fabulous work notwithstanding.

    • thebrainbehind #
      August 29, 2011

      i don’t have a clue to be honest.. maybe u should direct this question to the artist … i think the pink triangle was used by hitler to denote homosexuals

  3. Nicky D #
    August 29, 2011

    Exactly! That made it puzzling / curious, yes. I thought you were the artist, I apologise. *blushes profusely*

    • thebrainbehind #
      August 29, 2011


  4. Marc #
    August 29, 2011

    Really nice ! But I wonder why you used the St Peter Cross for atheism ?

  5. Carlos Freire #
    August 30, 2011

    Answering Nicky D’s question: although only the artist can say for sure, I’m almost sure the pink inverted triangle implies the naked female body.

    • thebrainbehind #
      August 30, 2011

      @ carlos nice one!

  6. August 30, 2011

    I was wondering what Fonts you used?
    Great work.

  7. SithlordDouche #
    August 30, 2011

    These are stunning. The simplicity of the shapes juxtaposes the complexity of each philosophy beautifully.

  8. CHAY #
    August 30, 2011

    These are stylish and informative. Engaging but short. Brilliant. I swoon.

  9. CHAY #
    August 30, 2011

    Please join my page on facebook, we will be featuring them there and I would like to add artist’s name and give proper recognition. Also, I would like to keep in touch with your work.

  10. August 30, 2011

    Wow, it was great seeing all these concepts both visually and in a nutshell of a text.

    It made me realize how I am a mix of all of them. But I guess I identify more with Humanism. What about you?

  11. August 30, 2011

    Could you explain your decision to make the political symbol of gay solidarity into a visual representation of hedonism?

  12. Carlos Freire #
    August 31, 2011


    By your rationale the symbol of Nihilism is an appropriation of the tic-tac-toe game or the multiplication sing. But I will risk a three-part answer to your question:

    (1.) the artist is clearly homophobic and this whole work is just an excuse to target the gay solidarity movement, and you found it; (2.) is a coincidence; (3.) you’re an idiot.

    Just to be clear, the options are not mutually exclusive.

  13. Sophie #
    August 31, 2011

    These are outstanding. I want them all as full-sized posters throughout my home.

  14. August 31, 2011

    great posters! but the nihilism is truly the greatest ;D

  15. Robin #
    September 2, 2011

    Really great stuff. from a Philosophy student.

  16. September 2, 2011

    Single best webpage i’ve ever seen. Love the conciseness, love the symbolism and the accuracy with which the schools of thought are all presented. I am extremely impressed.

  17. Zhaira Marie #
    September 2, 2011

    wow. this is really cool. thumbs up. :))

  18. September 2, 2011

    amazing. ideally love those kind of graphicdesign.

  19. September 3, 2011

    Very stimilating…which forms part of Stimulism which is the belief that we exist. The graphic is a big booby. Also very cool which is a part of coolism…and so forth. Marie hahaha

  20. dude #
    September 6, 2011

    I don’t know if Atheism should be an inverted cross – that would probably better fit Antitheism. In fact, I’m not sure it should even be a cross at all, since it opposes all religion, but, whatever.

    And maybe the Humanism symbol should’ve been the “Happy Human”, or bore a resemblance to it.

  21. F.Foureaux #
    September 6, 2011

    @carlos freire

    The pink inverted triangule is the symbol that the nazi tags the gay comunity in auschwitz, etc…
    Just for say…

    Good job.

  22. F.Foureaux #
    September 6, 2011

    Well, a little bit homofobic, no?

  23. Gene #
    September 7, 2011

    @Freire: Okay, since you made it personal with @teapot, let me guess: you have no stake (that you’re aware of) in the pink triangle as a symbol of gay solidarity. You’ve never been accused of “hedonism” because you’re gay (because you aren’t, am I right?). You never speak out against stereotypes about gayness as sinful/evil/all about lust and sex/etc. It’s worth hearing what the artist’s intent was in using the pink triangle as the symbol for Hedonism, but come on. Give @teapot a break and don’t be so defensive.

  24. Ricardo #
    September 10, 2011

    Any chance of getting printable PDFs? 🙂

  25. a_receiver #
    September 11, 2011

    I think the pink triangle implies the symbol of heart, only less directly. It has nothing to do with gay people if you have a sense of abstraction which is necessary for this kind of art.

  26. Lag #
    September 12, 2011

    yeah, printable PDFs would be amazing!!

  27. Dorkus #
    September 19, 2011

    Some of them are kinda hard to read. Mainly the absolutism, realism, and idealism ones. Otherwise, good job.

  28. Sig #
    September 22, 2011

    @harrison– I’m pretty sure the font is Harabara

    @carlos freire

    The inverted triangle is also a symbol for female genitalia… so I’m thinking we’re just looking at a generalized symbol for sexuality. Pretty sure there’s no insult or intentional reference to Naxiism, at least not one that is meant to be offensive. Given that several of these could be offensive, I think the artist did a pretty good job at maintaining neutrality while using the best symbols possible for complex philosophies.

  29. Saff #
    September 26, 2011

    Brilliant! Nothing less than GOLD!

  30. Sara #
    September 28, 2011

    The artist’s name is Genis Carreras and he sells prints of this series on

  31. Underdetermined #
    October 18, 2011

    The explanation on the Solipsism poster is too weak, and is instead really just a statement of skepticism of the external world. Solipsism is the positive position that ONLY the contents of the mind DO EXIST, and THERE IS NO external world.

  32. Abel Sidney #
    November 4, 2011

    Bravo! Great work!

  33. Renée Damstra #
    January 23, 2012

    I really hope you can publish this in a book, I would love to buy it!

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