Do you deem philosophy as vacuous nonsense — a route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing? Contrary to how most of us deem philosophy as, there is little denying that it is the noblest of all academic disciplines? But as the great Cicero once said, “There is no statement so absurd that no philosopher will make it.” So it’s easy to stumble upon philosophies that will boggle your mind and appear as pure strange. But that does not diminish the worth of it. We eat, live and sleep philosophy. Even if we don't realize it, nearly everything we believe is based on someone's philosophical soundings. To dishonor philosophy, the mother of all sciences as a "waste of the taxpayer's money" is to admit blatant witlessness. Despite many of us deeming philosophy is a “useless major” or a “clear waste of time,” it is as some may call it the path to enlightenment. Read on to explore the biography, timeline, trivia and fact of America’s famous philosophers.
Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
07 December 1928
L Ron HubbardL Ron Hubbard
13 March 1911
Founder of Church of Scientology

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher

Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

Sam HarrisSam Harris
09 April 1967
Philosopher, Author

Terence McKennaTerence McKenna
16 November 1946
Philosopher, Psychonaut, Ethnobotanist, Author
John DeweyJohn Dewey
20 October 1859

William JamesWilliam James
11 January 1842
Philosopher, Psychologist

Cornel WestCornel West
02 June 1953
Helena BlavatskyHelena Blavatsky
12 August 1831

John RawlsJohn Rawls
21 February 1921
American Philosopher
Kurt GödelKurt Gödel
28 April 1906
Mathematician, Philosopher

Herbert MarcuseHerbert Marcuse
18 July 1898

Jonathan EdwardsJonathan Edwards
05 October 1703
American preacher

Murray RothbardMurray Rothbard
02 March 1926

Daniel DennettDaniel Dennett
28 March 1942
Reinhold NiebuhrReinhold Niebuhr
21 June 1892

Leo StraussLeo Strauss
20 September 1899

Will DurantWill Durant
05 November 1885
Writer, Historian, Philosopher

Charles Sanders PeirceCharles Sanders Peirce
10 September 1839
Scientist, Philosopher
Ethan AllenEthan Allen
21 January 1738
Revolutionary War Hero

Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehead
15 February 1861
Mathematician, Philosopher
Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
26 November 1894
Father of Cybernetics

Ken WilberKen Wilber
31 January 1949
Writer, Philosopher

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor
26 April 1872
Actor, Director
Paul TillichPaul Tillich
20 August 1886

Martin SeligmanMartin Seligman
12 August 1942
Ronald DworkinRonald Dworkin
11 December 1931

George Herbert MeadGeorge Herbert Mead
27 February 1863

Christina Hoff SommersChristina Hoff Sommers
28 September 1950
Author, Philosopher
Howard ThurmanHoward Thurman
18 November 1899

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Robert M. PirsigRobert M. Pirsig
06 September 1928
Writer, Philosopher
Francis SchaefferFrancis Schaeffer
30 January 1912
Theologian, Philosopher

Allan BloomAllan Bloom
14 September 1930

Dallas WillardDallas Willard
04 September 1935

Nicholas Murray ButlerNicholas Murray Butler
02 April 1862
Philosopher, Educator
Bob BlackBob Black
04 January 1951
American author
James RandiJames Randi
07 August 1928
Philosopher, Stage magician

Ravi ZachariasRavi Zacharias
26 March 1946

Judith ButlerJudith Butler
24 February 1956
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher,

Michael J. SandelMichael J. Sandel
05 March 1953
Professor, Political philosopher, Educationist,
Martha NussbaumMartha Nussbaum
06 May 1947
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher

Murray BookchinMurray Bookchin
14 January 1921
Writer, Historian, Philosopher, University

R. C. SproulR. C. Sproul
13 February 1939
Theologian, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer,

Robert NozickRobert Nozick
16 November 1938
Philosopher, University teacher

Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
15 February 1945
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Computer
William Lane CraigWilliam Lane Craig
23 August 1949
Philosopher, Theologian, University teacher,

Robert Anton WilsonRobert Anton Wilson
18 January 1932
Writer, Novelist, Philosopher, Essayist,
Pema ChodronPema Chodron
14 July 1936

John SearleJohn Searle
31 July 1932

Richard RortyRichard Rorty
04 September 1931
John LillyJohn Lilly
06 January 1915

Alasdair MacIntyreAlasdair MacIntyre
12 January 1929
Philosopher, Professor
Thomas NagelThomas Nagel
04 July 1937
Philosopher, University teacher, Writer

Willard Van Orman QuineWillard Van Orman Quine
25 June 1908
Mathematician, Analytic philosopher, Philosopher

Dwight L. MoodyDwight L. Moody
05 February 1837
Editor, Philosopher, Writer, Evangelist,

Francis Parker YockeyFrancis Parker Yockey
18 September 1917
Philosopher, Historian, Writer, Pianist, Lawyer,

Kwame Anthony AppiahKwame Anthony Appiah
08 May 1954
Philosopher, Professor
Judith Jarvis ThomsonJudith Jarvis Thomson
04 October 1929
Philosopher, University teacher

Saul KripkeSaul Kripke
13 November 1940
Philosopher, University teacher, Writer, Physician

Russell KirkRussell Kirk
19 October 1918
Political scientist, Philosopher, Literary critic,

Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson
09 May 1904
Anthropologist, Philosopher, Sociologist,
Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer
14 February 1895
Philosopher, Educationist, Sociologist, University

Alvin PlantingaAlvin Plantinga
15 November 1932
Theologian, Philosopher, University teacher
David HawkinsDavid Hawkins
28 February 1913
philosopher, university teacher

Eric HofferEric Hoffer
25 July 1902
Writer, Philosopher, Psychologist

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
31 July 1926
Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher,
Lewis MumfordLewis Mumford
19 October 1895
Architect, Historian of technology, Historian,

Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
08 June 1924
Political Scientist
James MillJames Mill
06 April 1773

Ted NelsonTed Nelson
17 June 1937

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
14 June 1903
Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher,
Walker PercyWalker Percy
28 May 1916
Writer, Novelist, Philosopher

Hans KelsenHans Kelsen
11 October 1881
Lawyer, Judge, Philosopher, Educationist,
Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard
19 June 1856
Journalist, Philosopher, Publisher, Writer

John HospersJohn Hospers
09 June 1918
Philosopher, University teacher, Politician,

Rudolf CarnapRudolf Carnap
18 May 1891
Analytic philosopher, Esperantist, Philosopher of

I. A. RichardsI. A. Richards
26 February 1893
Grace Lee BoggsGrace Lee Boggs
27 June 1915
Writer, Civil rights advocate, Non-fiction writer
Lysander SpoonerLysander Spooner
19 January 1808
Lawyer, Journalist, Essayist, Philosopher

Eve Kosofsky SedgwickEve Kosofsky Sedgwick
02 May 1950
Academic Scholar

Mary Parker FollettMary Parker Follett
03 September 1868
Social Woker

Ananda CoomaraswamyAnanda Coomaraswamy
22 August 1877
Carol GilliganCarol Gilligan
28 November 1936
Psychologist, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer,

Mortimer J. AdlerMortimer J. Adler
28 December 1902
Philosopher, Teacher, Writer, University teacher

Iris Marion YoungIris Marion Young
02 January 1949
Political scientist, Philosopher, University

Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
03 March 1935
Philosopher, Political scientist, University

Moshe FeinsteinMoshe Feinstein
03 March 1895
Theologian, Rabbi, Philosopher
Mary DalyMary Daly
16 October 1928
Theologian, Writer, Philosopher, University

Patricia Hill CollinsPatricia Hill Collins
01 May 1948
Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher,
David LewisDavid Lewis
28 September 1941

George SteinerGeorge Steiner
23 April 1929
Philosopher, Novelist, Writer, University teacher,
John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
16 June 1931
Priest, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer
Alain LeRoy LockeAlain LeRoy Locke
13 September 1886
teacher, philosopher