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

William JamesWilliam James

11 January 1842

Sam HarrisSam Harris

09 April 1967

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

John DeweyJohn Dewey

20 October 1859

Terence McKennaTerence McKenna

16 November 1946

John RawlsJohn Rawls

21 February 1921

Kurt GödelKurt Gödel

28 April 1906

Daniel DennettDaniel Dennett

28 March 1942

Christina Hoff SommersChristina Hoff Sommers

28 September 1950

Ethan AllenEthan Allen

21 January 1738

Reinhold NiebuhrReinhold Niebuhr

21 June 1892

Murray RothbardMurray Rothbard

02 March 1926

Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehead

15 February 1861

Will DurantWill Durant

05 November 1885

Paul TillichPaul Tillich

20 August 1886

Ken WilberKen Wilber

31 January 1949

Robert M. PirsigRobert M. Pirsig

06 September 1928

Allan BloomAllan Bloom

14 September 1930

Francis SchaefferFrancis Schaeffer

30 January 1912

Dallas WillardDallas Willard

04 September 1935

Bob BlackBob Black

04 January 1951

L Ron HubbardL Ron Hubbard

13 March 1911

Jonathan EdwardsJonathan Edwards

05 October 1703

Sun Yat-senSun Yat-sen

12 November 1866

James RandiJames Randi

07 August 1928

Judith ButlerJudith Butler

24 February 1956

Wilhelm ReichWilhelm Reich

24 March 1897

Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno

11 September 1903

Cornel WestCornel West

02 June 1953

Charles Sanders PeirceCharles Sanders Peirce

10 September 1839

Martha NussbaumMartha Nussbaum

06 May 1947

Herbert MarcuseHerbert Marcuse

18 July 1898

Leo StraussLeo Strauss

20 September 1899

Robert NozickRobert Nozick

16 November 1938

Kwame Anthony AppiahKwame Anthony Appiah

08 May 1954

William Lane CraigWilliam Lane Craig

23 August 1949

John SearleJohn Searle

31 July 1932

Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter

15 February 1945

Dwight L. MoodyDwight L. Moody

05 February 1837

Murray BookchinMurray Bookchin

14 January 1921

George Herbert MeadGeorge Herbert Mead

27 February 1863

Thomas NagelThomas Nagel

04 July 1937

Robert Anton WilsonRobert Anton Wilson

18 January 1932

Ronald DworkinRonald Dworkin

11 December 1931

R. C. SproulR. C. Sproul

13 February 1939

Richard RortyRichard Rorty

04 October 1931

Willard Van Orman QuineWillard Van Orman Quine

25 June 1908

Alasdair MacIntyreAlasdair MacIntyre

12 January 1929

Michael J. SandelMichael J. Sandel

05 March 1953

Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson

09 May 1904

Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam

31 July 1926

Saul KripkeSaul Kripke

13 November 1940

Alvin PlantingaAlvin Plantinga

15 November 1932

Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer

14 February 1895

Russell KirkRussell Kirk

19 October 1918

Alfred TarskiAlfred Tarski

14 January 1901

Lewis MumfordLewis Mumford

19 October 1895

Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz

08 June 1924

Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard

19 June 1856

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church

14 June 1903

Carol GilliganCarol Gilligan

28 November 1936

Hermann WeylHermann Weyl

09 November 1885

Hans KelsenHans Kelsen

11 October 1881

James MillJames Mill

Richard CarrierRichard Carrier

01 December 1969

Walker PercyWalker Percy

28 May 1916

Rudolf CarnapRudolf Carnap

18 May 1891

Michael WalzerMichael Walzer

03 March 1935

William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner

30 October 1840

Lysander SpoonerLysander Spooner

19 January 1808

Mortimer J. AdlerMortimer J. Adler

28 December 1902

Kenneth BurkeKenneth Burke

05 May 1897

Eric HofferEric Hoffer

25 July 1902

Alain LeRoy LockeAlain LeRoy Locke

13 September 1886

Mary DalyMary Daly

16 October 1928

John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong

16 June 1931

Howard ThurmanHoward Thurman

18 November 1899