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
Alan WattsAlan Watts
06 January 1915
Philosopher, Writer & Speaker

Henry David ThoreauHenry David Thoreau
12 July 1817
Writer and Philosopher

Sam HarrisSam Harris
09 April 1967
Philosopher, Author

William JamesWilliam James
11 January 1842
Philosopher, Psychologist

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

John RawlsJohn Rawls
21 February 1921
American Philosopher

Kurt GödelKurt Gödel
28 April 1906
Mathematician, Philosopher

Daniel DennettDaniel Dennett
28 March 1942
Ethan AllenEthan Allen
21 January 1738
Revolutionary War Hero

Christina Hoff SommersChristina Hoff Sommers
28 September 1950
Author, Philosopher
Murray RothbardMurray Rothbard
02 March 1926

Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehead
15 February 1861
Mathematician, Philosopher

Reinhold NiebuhrReinhold Niebuhr
21 June 1892
Paul TillichPaul Tillich
20 August 1886

Will DurantWill Durant
05 November 1885
Writer, Historian, Philosopher
Ken WilberKen Wilber
31 January 1949
Writer, Philosopher

Martin SeligmanMartin Seligman
12 August 1942

William Desmond TaylorWilliam Desmond Taylor
26 April 1872
Actor, Director
Robert M. PirsigRobert M. Pirsig
06 September 1928
Writer, Philosopher

Allan BloomAllan Bloom
14 September 1930
Francis SchaefferFrancis Schaeffer
30 January 1912
Theologian, Philosopher

Jonathan EdwardsJonathan Edwards
05 October 1703
American preacher

Dallas WillardDallas Willard
04 September 1935

Nicholas Murray ButlerNicholas Murray Butler
02 April 1862
Philosopher, Educator
Bob BlackBob Black
04 January 1951
American author
L Ron HubbardL Ron Hubbard
13 March 1911
Founder of Church of Scientology

Sun Yat-senSun Yat-sen
12 November 1866
Politician, Physician, Philosopher

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,

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Charles Sanders PeirceCharles Sanders Peirce
10 September 1839
Mathematician, Philosopher, Logician, Pragmatist,

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

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

Herbert MarcuseHerbert Marcuse
18 July 1898
American-German philosopher
Leo StraussLeo Strauss
20 September 1899
Politician, Political scientist, Philosopher,

William Lane CraigWilliam Lane Craig
23 August 1949
Philosopher, Theologian, University teacher,
Robert NozickRobert Nozick
16 November 1938
Philosopher, University teacher

John SearleJohn Searle
31 July 1932
Philosopher, University teacher

Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
15 February 1945
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Computer
R. C. SproulR. C. Sproul
13 February 1939
Theologian, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer,

Richard RortyRichard Rorty
04 October 1931
Philosopher, Educationist, University teacher,
Robert Anton WilsonRobert Anton Wilson
18 January 1932
Writer, Novelist, Philosopher, Essayist,

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

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

George Herbert MeadGeorge Herbert Mead
27 February 1863
Philosopher, Sociologist, Psychologist, University

Norman GeislerNorman Geisler
21 July 1932
Dwight L. MoodyDwight L. Moody
05 February 1837
Editor, Philosopher, Writer, Evangelist,

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

Ronald DworkinRonald Dworkin
11 December 1931
Lawyer, Philosopher, University teacher

Alasdair MacIntyreAlasdair MacIntyre
12 January 1929
Philosopher, Professor
Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
31 July 1926
Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher,

James MillJames Mill
Kwame Anthony AppiahKwame Anthony Appiah
08 May 1954
Philosopher, Professor

Alvin PlantingaAlvin Plantinga
15 November 1932
Theologian, Philosopher, University teacher

Saul KripkeSaul Kripke
13 November 1940
Philosopher, University teacher, Writer, Physician
Michael J. SandelMichael J. Sandel
05 March 1953
Professor, Political philosopher, Educationist,

Lewis MumfordLewis Mumford
19 October 1895
Architect, Historian of technology, Historian,
Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer
14 February 1895
Philosopher, Educationist, Sociologist, University

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
14 June 1903
Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher,

Walker PercyWalker Percy
28 May 1916
Writer, Novelist, Philosopher
Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard
19 June 1856
Journalist, Philosopher, Publisher, Writer

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

Carol GilliganCarol Gilligan
28 November 1936
Psychologist, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer,

Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
08 June 1924
University teacher, Political scientist,

Rudolf CarnapRudolf Carnap
18 May 1891
Analytic philosopher, Esperantist, Philosopher of
Hermann WeylHermann Weyl
09 November 1885
Mathematician, Physicist, Philosopher, University
Mortimer J. AdlerMortimer J. Adler
28 December 1902
Philosopher, Teacher, Writer, University teacher

Eric HofferEric Hoffer
25 July 1902
Writer, Philosopher, Psychologist

Richard CarrierRichard Carrier
01 December 1969
Historian, Philosopher

Alfred TarskiAlfred Tarski
14 January 1901
Mathematician, Philosopher
Hans KelsenHans Kelsen
11 October 1881
Lawyer, Judge, Philosopher, Educationist,

Edward B. TitchenerEdward B. Titchener
11 January 1867
Philosopher, Psychologist, University teacher

Howard ThurmanHoward Thurman
18 November 1899
Writer, Philosopher, Educator, Theologian

John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
16 June 1931
Priest, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer

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

William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
30 October 1840
Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian,
Francis Parker YockeyFrancis Parker Yockey
18 September 1917
Philosopher, Historian, Writer, Pianist, Lawyer,

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

Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
03 March 1935
Philosopher, Political scientist, University
Benjamin TuckerBenjamin Tucker
17 April 1854
Journalist, Philosopher, Economist, Translator,

Haskell CurryHaskell Curry
12 September 1900
Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher,
Grace Lee BoggsGrace Lee Boggs
27 June 1915
Writer, Civil rights advocate, Non-fiction writer

Kenneth BurkeKenneth Burke
05 May 1897
Philosopher, Literary critic, University teacher,

Stephen Cole KleeneStephen Cole Kleene
05 January 1909
Mathematician, Computer scientist, Philosopher,

Paul WatzlawickPaul Watzlawick
25 July 1921
Philosopher, Psychologist, Psychotherapist,
George SteinerGeorge Steiner
23 April 1929
Philosopher, Novelist, Writer, University teacher,

Henry HazlittHenry Hazlitt
28 November 1894
Journalist, Economist, Philosopher
Raymond SmullyanRaymond Smullyan
25 May 1919
Mathematician, Pianist, Philosopher, University

James HillmanJames Hillman
12 April 1926
Psychologist, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer
Eric VoegelinEric Voegelin
03 January 1901
Political scientist, Philosopher, University

Phineas QuimbyPhineas Quimby
16 February 1802
Clockmaker, Inventor
Jerry FodorJerry Fodor
1935 AD
philosopher, scientist, university teacher