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Philosophers

Plato once said ‘Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder’. With this wonder a philosopher expresses his thoughts sometimes making life easier for millions. Commonly called ‘thinkers’, philosophers search for the hidden meanings of things and then nurture it in a system of thoughts. Often, they share these thoughts with the world even though they know the fragility of the society. Philosophers turn their hurtful experiences into lessons and share them to save several others from the vices of life. Education does not necessarily make a philosopher, however a degree is often acquired by many. However, the beauty lies in the fact that no two philosophers are alike. Some are like wine: the older the better, like Socrates; others are meteors like Nietzsche, full of their own brilliance and beauty. Some are drowned in their sorrow and some are hopeful beyond their sorrow. Yet each of them finds a connection with someone and speaks of his own individuality. At every age Philosophers add to life and show that there’s one hidden in each of us. Discover this space for the list of famous Philosophers with their biographies that include trivia and interesting facts about them and also tracing their timeline and life history.
Alan WattsAlan Watts
Alan Watts or Alan Wilson Watts was a British philosopher, writer, and speaker who popularized and interpreted Eastern Philosophy for the ...
Albert CamusAlbert Camus
A Nobel Prize laureate, Albert Camus was the French Algerian philosopher, author and journalist, much renowned worldwide for his contribution in ...
Albert Schweitzer Albert Schweitzer
Albert Schweitzer was a German born French theologian, organist, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary. His notable work is in founding ...
Alexander Bain PhilosopherAlexander Bain - Phi...
Alexander Bain was a prominent philosopher and logician who excelled in the fields of psychology, linguistics, logic and moral philosophy. Many ...
Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehe...
Alfred North Whitehead was a British Mathematician who is known for his tremendous contributions in algebra, logic, foundations of mathematics, ...
Amartya SenAmartya Sen
Amartya Sen is a much-admired, award winning economist, writer and philosopher. A voice of the poor and malnourished, tirelessly engrossed in ...
Anicius Manlius Severinus BoethiusAnicius Manlius Seve...
“Last of the Romans”, as he is fondly dubbed, Boethius, the Roman philosopher and statesman, is regarded by many as a Christian martyr who died ...
AristotleAristotle
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher, better known as the teacher of Alexander the Great. He was the student of Plato and was considered to be an ...
Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer
An isolated, aggressive and pessimistic person, Schopenhauer was one of the greatest philosophers of the 19th century. His cynicism, much of ...
Auguste ComteAuguste Comte
Auguste Comte or Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte was a prominent French philosopher. He introduced a new discipline namely Sociology ...
AvicennaAvicenna
Avicenna was the most influential and renowned philosopher and scientist of the Islamic world. Popularly known as the father of modern medicine, ...
Baruch SpinozaBaruch Spinoza
Baruch Spinoza was one of the frontrunners of radical thinking who coined a new school of belief called Spinozism. Since an early age, he ...
Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell
Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, OM, FRS, is one of the finest names in the list of great philosopher, logician, ...
Blaise PascalBlaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic philosopher. He did pioneering works in calculating machines ...
Bob BlackBob Black
Bob Black is considered one of the foremost post-left anarchists. He expressed his ideas in his books and essays in his inimitable style ...
Dallas Willard Dallas Willard
Dallas Albert Willard was one of the most acclaimed Christian thinkers. An academician and educator, he served as the professor of Philosophy ...
David HumeDavid Hume
David Hume was a fabulous philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist from Scotland. He was extremely popular for his amazing philosophical ...
Diogenes Of SinopeDiogenes Of Sinope
Diogenes was a commendable Greek philosopher and one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy from Sinope. He is also remembered as “Diogenes of ...
EpicurusEpicurus
Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher and one of the prominent philosophers in the Hellenistic period. He was the founder of the school of ...
F.H Bradley F. H. Bradley
Francis Herbert Bradley, OM was one of the most influential British idealistic philosophers. Bradley after a number of attempts to gain a ...
Francis BaconFrancis Bacon
Francis Bacon was a legendary English philosopher, scientist, lawyer, author, statesman, jurist and father of the scientific methods. He was one ...
Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche was a famous German philosopher and philologist known for his critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, ...
Friedrich August von HayekFriedrich von Hayek
If there is one twentieth-century economist who can be tagged as the Renaissance man, it has to be Friedrich Hayek, the Austrian born British ...
George BerkeleyGeorge Berkeley
George Berkeley, an Anglo-Irish Anglican bishop, was one of the great philosophers of the modern era. He is known for his empiricist and ...
George BooleGeorge Boole
British mathematician and logician George Boole discovered Boolean logic. This logical theory acts as the basis of modern digital computer and ...
George Santayana George Santayana
George Santayana was a Spanish American philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. He never gave up his Spanish citizenship, despite being ...
Gottfried LeibnizGottfried W. Leibniz
Gottfried W. Leibniz holds a prominent position in the domains of mathematics and philosophy. Famed as the developer of infinitesimal calculus, ...
HeraclitusHeraclitus
Heraclitus was a Greek philosopher who was an independent thinker and unlike other ancient philosophers, he is not considered to belong to any ...
Herbert SpencerHerbert Spencer
Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, biologist and sociologist. He was also one of the influential classical liberal political theorists ...
Hippocrates Hippocrates
Hippocrates is a radiant name in the history of medicine. The outstanding individual brought a new form into the field of ancient Greek ...
Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant
Immanuel Kant was a famous Prussian philosopher. He was a professor of philosophy at Königsberg, in Prussia and spent his life in researching, ...
Jean Le Rond d’AlembertJean Le Rond d’Alemb...
A great mathematician, philosopher and music theoretician, Jean Le Rond d’Alembert was among the most influential men of his time. His “Traité ...
Jean PiagetJean Piaget
Jean Piaget was a Swiss psychologist and philosopher best known for his work on the cognitive development in children. He identified his field ...
Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Roussea...
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was an influential Genevan philosopher, writer, and composer of 18th-century Romanticism. His political philosophy deeply ...
Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre was an excellent existentialist philosopher, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer ...
Jeremy Bentham Jeremy Bentham
Jeremy Bentham, the key founder of the Principle of Utility, was a voracious reader at a very early age. He was known as a ‘philosopher’ to his ...
John DeweyJohn Dewey
John Dewey was a famous American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer. He was also the founder of functional psychology and one of ...
John LockeJohn Locke
John Locke was an outstanding English philosopher and physician, extensively known as the “Father of Liberalism”. He was also admired as one of ...
John Stuart Mill John Stuart Mill
A British philosopher and civil servant, John Stuart Mill was an influential contributor to social theory, political theory, and political ...
Karl MarxKarl Marx
Karl Marx was a 19th century philosopher, political economist and revolutionary, who gave socialism a scientific foundation. Marx was devoted to ...
Karl PopperKarl Popper
Karl Popper, also known as Sir Karl Raimund Popper, was an Austrian-born British Philosopher and a professor at the London School of Economics. ...
Kurt GödelKurt Gödel
Kurt Friedrich Gödel was known for his mathematical work in the 20th century, which was the time when most mathematicians were concentrating on ...
Lao TzuLao Tzu
Lao Tzu also known as Laozi or Lao Tse was a mystic Chinese philosopher who was best known as the author of the “Tao Te Ching”. Being the author ...
Laozi - Chinese Philosopher Laozi
Laozi or Lao Tzu, who existed in the 6th century B.C, was the founder of the Chinese philosophical ‘School of the Tao’ or ‘Taoism’. He was known ...
Ludwig Wittgenstein Ludwig Wittgenstein
Ludwig Wittgenstein was an Austrian philosopher who inspired two great philosophical movements of the 20th century — logical positivism and ...
MaimonidesMaimonides
Moses ben-Maimon, commonly called Maimonides, was a distinguished Jewish philosopher of medieval times. Apart from being an eminent philosopher, ...
Martin BuberMartin Buber
Martin Buber was an influential twentieth century Jewish philosopher and an outstanding religious thinker, political activist, educator, ...
Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft
Mary Wollstonecraft was a famous, eighteenth-century British writer who is best known for her work, ‘A Vindication of the Rights of Women’. She ...
Meister EckhartMeister Eckhart
Eckhart von Hochheim, better known to the world as Meister Eckhart, was born in a German family of landowners in c.1260. He was endowed with the ...
MenciusMencius
Mencius was a famous Chinese philosopher, born in the state of Zou. He was controversially considered the most popular Confucian, after ...
Michel de MontaigneMichel de Montaigne
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne was among the most powerful writers of the French Renaissance. He was extremely popular for publicizing the essay as ...
Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
Michel Foucault was a prominent French philosopher and historian. He was also a controversial scholar, who shot to both fame and notoriety ...
Mikhail BakuninMikhail Bakunin
Legendary Russian revolutionary, anarchist and prolific political writer, Mikhail Bakunin was one of the most powerful propagators of anarchism ...
Peter SingerPeter Singer
Peter Albert David Singer is a world famous Australian-born Jewish moral philosopher who has, in his career of almost three decades, challenged ...
PhiloPhilo
Philo who, also known as Philo of Alexandria, Philo Judaeus, Philo Judaeus of Alexandria, Yedidia, "Philon", and Philo the Jew, was a popular ...
Pierre Teilhard de ChardinPierre Teilhard de C...
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was a famous French philosopher and Jesuit priest who was also trained as a paleontologist and geologist. He took ...
PlatoPlato
Plato was a classical Greek philosopher and mathematician, more so known as the student of Socrates and writer of philosophical dialogues. He ...
PlutarchPlutarch
Plutarch was a Greek historian, biographer, essayist, and Middle Platonist, known for his famous works, “Parallel Lives” and “Moralia”. ...
PythagorasPythagoras
Pythagoras of Samos was a well-known mathematician, scientist and a religious teacher. He was born in Samos and is often hailed as the first ...
René DéscartesRené Déscartes...
René Descartes was an eminent French Mathematician, philosopher and writer, who has been popularly referred to as ‘Father of Modern Philosophy’. ...
Robert M. PirsigRobert M. Pirsig
Robert M. Pirsig is the renowned author of the bestseller, ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” a popular cult classic of the present ...
Rudolf SteinerRudolf Steiner
While describing Rudolf Steiner, it is rather easy to list the fields in which he failed to excel than explain the areas in which he was a ...
SocratesSocrates
“As for me, all I know is that I know nothing” - a famous quote describes the humble and modest attitude of one of the most famous Greek ...
Soren KierkegaardSoren Kierkegaard
Soren Kierkegaard was a famous Danish philosopher, theologian and religious author. He was well known for his criticism of the philosophies of ...
Sun Tzu Sun Tzu
Sun Tzu was an ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher, who is believed to have written the famous ancient Chinese book on ...
Thales Thales
Thales of Miletus was a prominent and popular Greek philosopher of pre- Socratic times. He belonged to Miletus in Asia Minor and was among the ...
Thomas CarlyleThomas Carlyle
Thomas Carlyle was a popular satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher from Scotland in the Victorian era, born in the village of ...
Thomas Hobbes Thomas Hobbes
Thomas Hobbes was a prominent English philosopher, who is best known for his excellent work on political philosophy. His 1651 book “Leviathan” ...
Walter BenjaminWalter Benjamin
Walter Benjamin, was a German critic, writer, philosopher, essayist, translator and radio broadcaster. He supported the importance of the ...
William GodwinWilliam Godwin
William Godwin was the father of philosophical anarchism, and was also a prominent a novelist and journalist. He is best-remembered for two of ...
William JamesWilliam James
William James was one of the original thinkers and a famous American philosopher. For his pioneering work in psychology, he was often called as ...
XenophonXenophon
Xenophon was an ancient Greek historian and philosopher. He lived during the 4th century B.C. and wrote about life in ancient Greece. He was a ...