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
Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher

Sam HarrisSam Harris
09 April 1967
Philosopher, Author

Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

Terence McKennaTerence McKenna
16 November 1946
Philosopher, Psychonaut, Ethnobotanist, Author

John DeweyJohn Dewey
20 October 1859
Helena BlavatskyHelena Blavatsky
12 August 1831

William JamesWilliam James
11 January 1842
Philosopher, Psychologist

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

Herbert MarcuseHerbert Marcuse
18 July 1898
Daniel DennettDaniel Dennett
28 March 1942

Murray RothbardMurray Rothbard
02 March 1926

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor
26 April 1872
Actor, Director

Reinhold NiebuhrReinhold Niebuhr
21 June 1892

Will DurantWill Durant
05 November 1885
Writer, Historian, Philosopher
Leo StraussLeo Strauss
20 September 1899

Charles Sanders PeirceCharles Sanders Peirce
10 September 1839
Scientist, Philosopher

Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehead
15 February 1861
Mathematician, Philosopher

Ethan AllenEthan Allen
21 January 1738
Revolutionary War Hero
Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
26 November 1894
Father of Cybernetics

Christina Hoff SommersChristina Hoff Sommers
28 September 1950
Author, Philosopher
Ken WilberKen Wilber
31 January 1949
Writer, Philosopher

Paul TillichPaul Tillich
20 August 1886

Martin SeligmanMartin Seligman
12 August 1942
Robert M. PirsigRobert M. Pirsig
06 September 1928
Writer, Philosopher

Ronald DworkinRonald Dworkin
11 December 1931
Francis SchaefferFrancis Schaeffer
30 January 1912
Theologian, Philosopher

Allan BloomAllan Bloom
14 September 1930

Howard ThurmanHoward Thurman
18 November 1899
George Herbert MeadGeorge Herbert Mead
27 February 1863

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Dallas WillardDallas Willard
04 September 1935
Nicholas Murray ButlerNicholas Murray Butler
02 April 1862
Philosopher, Educator

Bob BlackBob Black
04 January 1951
American author

Jonathan EdwardsJonathan Edwards
05 October 1703
American preacher

L Ron HubbardL Ron Hubbard
13 March 1911
Founder of Church of Scientology
Cornel WestCornel West
02 June 1953
Theologian, Philosopher, University teacher,
James RandiJames Randi
07 August 1928
Philosopher, Stage magician

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

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

Robert Anton WilsonRobert Anton Wilson
18 January 1932
Writer, Novelist, Philosopher, Essayist,
William Lane CraigWilliam Lane Craig
23 August 1949
Philosopher, Theologian, University teacher,

Martha NussbaumMartha Nussbaum
06 May 1947
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher

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
Richard RortyRichard Rorty
04 September 1931

John SearleJohn Searle
31 July 1932
Willard Van Orman QuineWillard Van Orman Quine
25 June 1908
Mathematician, Analytic philosopher, Philosopher

Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson
09 May 1904
Anthropologist, Philosopher, Sociologist,

Dwight L. MoodyDwight L. Moody
05 February 1837
Editor, Philosopher, Writer, Evangelist,
Kwame Anthony AppiahKwame Anthony Appiah
08 May 1954
Philosopher, Professor

Alasdair MacIntyreAlasdair MacIntyre
12 January 1929
Philosopher, Professor
Michael J. SandelMichael J. Sandel
05 March 1953
Professor, Political philosopher, Educationist,

Thomas NagelThomas Nagel
04 July 1937
Philosopher, University teacher, Writer

Grace Lee BoggsGrace Lee Boggs
27 June 1915
Writer, Civil rights advocate, Non-fiction writer

Eric HofferEric Hoffer
25 July 1902
Writer, Philosopher, Psychologist

Alvin PlantingaAlvin Plantinga
15 November 1932
Theologian, Philosopher, University teacher
Saul KripkeSaul Kripke
13 November 1940
Philosopher, University teacher, Writer, Physician

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
31 July 1926
Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher,

James MillJames Mill
06 April 1773

Walker PercyWalker Percy
28 May 1916
Writer, Novelist, Philosopher
Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer
14 February 1895
Philosopher, Educationist, Sociologist, University

Lysander SpoonerLysander Spooner
19 January 1808
Lawyer, Journalist, Essayist, Philosopher
Russell KirkRussell Kirk
19 October 1918
Political scientist, Philosopher, Literary critic,

Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard
19 June 1856
Journalist, Philosopher, Publisher, Writer

Lewis MumfordLewis Mumford
19 October 1895
Architect, Historian of technology, Historian,
Ted NelsonTed Nelson
17 June 1937

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
14 June 1903
Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher,
Norman GeislerNorman Geisler
21 July 1932

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

Alain LeRoy LockeAlain LeRoy Locke
13 September 1886
teacher, philosopher
Ananda CoomaraswamyAnanda Coomaraswamy
22 August 1877

Rudolf CarnapRudolf Carnap
18 May 1891
Analytic philosopher, Esperantist, Philosopher of
Mortimer J. AdlerMortimer J. Adler
28 December 1902
Philosopher, Teacher, Writer, University teacher

George SteinerGeorge Steiner
23 April 1929
Philosopher, Novelist, Writer, University teacher,

Richard CarrierRichard Carrier
01 December 1969
Historian, Philosopher

Carol GilliganCarol Gilligan
28 November 1936
Psychologist, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer,
I. A. RichardsI. A. Richards
26 February 1893
Alfred TarskiAlfred Tarski
14 January 1901
Mathematician, Philosopher

Benjamin TuckerBenjamin Tucker
17 April 1854
Journalist, Philosopher, Economist, Translator,

Hans KelsenHans Kelsen
11 October 1881
Lawyer, Judge, Philosopher, Educationist,

Charlotte LawsCharlotte Laws
11 May 1960
Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
08 June 1924
Political Scientist

James HillmanJames Hillman
12 April 1926
Psychologist, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer

Mary DalyMary Daly
16 October 1928
Theologian, Writer, Philosopher, University

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

Hubert DreyfusHubert Dreyfus
15 October 1929
Philosopher, University teacher
Peter KreeftPeter Kreeft
1937 AD
theologian, philosopher, writer

Kenneth E. BouldingKenneth E. Boulding
18 January 1910
Economist, University teacher, Philosopher,
John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
16 June 1931
Priest, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer

Eric VoegelinEric Voegelin
03 January 1901
Political scientist, Philosopher, University
Patricia Hill CollinsPatricia Hill Collins
01 May 1948
Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher,
Eve Kosofsky SedgwickEve Kosofsky Sedgwick
02 May 1950
Academic Scholar