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

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

John DeweyJohn Dewey
20 October 1859
William JamesWilliam James
11 January 1842
Philosopher, Psychologist

Helena BlavatskyHelena Blavatsky
12 August 1831

John RawlsJohn Rawls
21 February 1921
American Philosopher

Kurt GödelKurt Gödel
28 April 1906
Mathematician, Philosopher
Daniel DennettDaniel Dennett
28 March 1942

Reinhold NiebuhrReinhold Niebuhr
21 June 1892
Ethan AllenEthan Allen
21 January 1738
Revolutionary War Hero

Charles Sanders PeirceCharles Sanders Peirce
10 September 1839
Scientist, Philosopher

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

Leo StraussLeo Strauss
20 September 1899
Herbert MarcuseHerbert Marcuse
18 July 1898

Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehead
15 February 1861
Mathematician, Philosopher

Paul TillichPaul Tillich
20 August 1886
Will DurantWill Durant
05 November 1885
Writer, Historian, Philosopher

Martin SeligmanMartin Seligman
12 August 1942
Ken WilberKen Wilber
31 January 1949
Writer, Philosopher

George Herbert MeadGeorge Herbert Mead
27 February 1863

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

Howard ThurmanHoward Thurman
18 November 1899

Dallas WillardDallas Willard
04 September 1935

Nicholas Murray ButlerNicholas Murray Butler
02 April 1862
Philosopher, Educator
Bob BlackBob Black
04 January 1951
American author

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Jonathan EdwardsJonathan Edwards
05 October 1703
American preacher

L Ron HubbardL Ron Hubbard
13 March 1911
Founder of Church of Scientology

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

James RandiJames Randi
07 August 1928
Philosopher, Stage magician
Cornel WestCornel West
02 June 1953
Theologian, Philosopher, University teacher,

Murray BookchinMurray Bookchin
14 January 1921
Writer, Historian, Philosopher, University
Martha NussbaumMartha Nussbaum
06 May 1947
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher

Robert NozickRobert Nozick
16 November 1938
Philosopher, University teacher

William Lane CraigWilliam Lane Craig
23 August 1949
Philosopher, Theologian, University teacher,
Richard RortyRichard Rorty
04 October 1931
Philosopher, Educationist, University teacher,

John SearleJohn Searle
31 July 1932
Douglas HofstadterDouglas Hofstadter
15 February 1945
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Computer

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

Robert Anton WilsonRobert Anton Wilson
18 January 1932
Writer, Novelist, Philosopher, Essayist,

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

Thomas NagelThomas Nagel
04 July 1937
Philosopher, University teacher, Writer
Ronald DworkinRonald Dworkin
11 December 1931
Lawyer, Philosopher, University teacher

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

Alasdair MacIntyreAlasdair MacIntyre
12 January 1929
Philosopher, Professor

Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson
09 May 1904
Anthropologist, Philosopher, Sociologist,
Hilary PutnamHilary Putnam
31 July 1926
Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher,

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

Kwame Anthony AppiahKwame Anthony Appiah
08 May 1954
Philosopher, Professor

James MillJames Mill
06 April 1773
Carol GilliganCarol Gilligan
28 November 1936
Psychologist, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer,

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

Michael J. SandelMichael J. Sandel
05 March 1953
Professor, Political philosopher, Educationist,

Alonzo ChurchAlonzo Church
14 June 1903
Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher,
Russell KirkRussell Kirk
19 October 1918
Political scientist, Philosopher, Literary critic,

Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
08 June 1924
University teacher, Political scientist,
Hans KelsenHans Kelsen
11 October 1881
Lawyer, Judge, Philosopher, Educationist,

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

Walker PercyWalker Percy
28 May 1916
Writer, Novelist, Philosopher

Ted NelsonTed Nelson
17 June 1937
Lysander SpoonerLysander Spooner
19 January 1808
Lawyer, Journalist, Essayist, Philosopher
Elbert HubbardElbert Hubbard
19 June 1856
Journalist, Philosopher, Publisher, Writer

Alfred TarskiAlfred Tarski
14 January 1901
Mathematician, Philosopher

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

Eric HofferEric Hoffer
25 July 1902
Writer, Philosopher, Psychologist
Mortimer J. AdlerMortimer J. Adler
28 December 1902
Philosopher, Teacher, Writer, University teacher

Mary Parker FollettMary Parker Follett
03 September 1868
Social Woker

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

Hubert DreyfusHubert Dreyfus
15 October 1929
Philosopher, University teacher

William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
30 October 1840
Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian,
Eve Kosofsky SedgwickEve Kosofsky Sedgwick
02 May 1950
Academic Scholar

Peter KreeftPeter Kreeft
1937 AD
theologian, philosopher, writer
Richard CarrierRichard Carrier
01 December 1969
Historian, Philosopher

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

Stephen Cole KleeneStephen Cole Kleene
05 January 1909
Mathematician, Computer scientist, Philosopher,
John Shelby SpongJohn Shelby Spong
16 June 1931
Priest, Theologian, Philosopher, Writer

George SteinerGeorge Steiner
23 April 1929
Philosopher, Novelist, Writer, University teacher,
James HillmanJames Hillman
12 April 1926
Psychologist, Philosopher, Non-fiction writer

Arthur DantoArthur Danto
01 January 1924
Art critic, Philosopher, Painter, University

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

Paul WatzlawickPaul Watzlawick
25 July 1921
Philosopher, Psychologist, Psychotherapist,
Grace Lee BoggsGrace Lee Boggs
27 June 1915
Writer, Civil rights advocate, Non-fiction writer

Francis Parker YockeyFrancis Parker Yockey
18 September 1917
Philosopher, Historian, Writer, Pianist, Lawyer,
Iris Marion YoungIris Marion Young
02 January 1949
Political scientist, Philosopher, University

Jerry FodorJerry Fodor
1935 AD
philosopher, scientist, university teacher
Paul de ManPaul de Man
06 December 1919
Philosopher, University teacher, Literary critic,

Alain LeRoy LockeAlain LeRoy Locke
13 September 1886
teacher, philosopher
Patricia Hill CollinsPatricia Hill Collins
01 May 1948
Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher,