Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reason, mind, language and traditions. While the world has had some of the most knowledgeable philosophers and thinkers from various parts of the world, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Germany holds the bulk of them all. And if you don’t believe us, then check this list. Starting from Immanuel Kant to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, Karl Marx, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibiz, Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, Gunther Anders, Hans Georg Gadamer to the very recent Gottlob Frege and Ludwig Wittgenstein, the list goes far and wide. Each of them and many others made significant contribution to the aesthetics of philosophy and gave a world a new aspect to look from. Through their work in their chosen field of philosophy, German philosophers made revolutionary contribution to the world society. Till date, their beliefs play a central role on contemporary philosophy and are highly influential in setting up their fundamental concepts. Browse through this section to find a list of famous German philosophers, their life, their philosophies and their thinking. Their impressionable work is sure to leave a lasting imprint on your mind as well!
Karl MarxKarl Marx

05 May 1818

Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche

15 October 1844

Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant

22 April 1724

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg

05 March 1871

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer

22 February 1788

Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt

14 October 1906

Martin HeideggerMartin Heidegger

26 September 1889

Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels

28 November 1820

Hildegard of BingenHildegard of Bingen

16 September 1098

Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller

10 November 1759

Walter BenjaminWalter Benjamin

15 July 1892

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Edith SteinEdith Stein

12 October 1891

Paul TillichPaul Tillich

20 August 1886

NovalisNovalis

02 May 1772

Carl von ClausewitzCarl von Clausewitz

01 July 1780

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Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas

18 June 1929

Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno

11 September 1903

Max StirnerMax Stirner

25 October 1806

Erich FrommErich Fromm

23 March 1900

Herbert MarcuseHerbert Marcuse

18 July 1898

Carl SchmittCarl Schmitt

11 July 1888

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Adam WeishauptAdam Weishaupt

06 February 1748

Edmund HusserlEdmund Husserl

08 April 1859

Leo StraussLeo Strauss

20 September 1899

William of OckhamWilliam of Ockham

1285 AD

Oswald SpenglerOswald Spengler

29 May 1880

Georg SimmelGeorg Simmel

01 March 1858

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Gottlob FregeGottlob Frege

08 November 1848

Johann Gottlieb FichteJohann Gottlieb Fichte

19 May 1762

Hans-Hermann HoppeHans-Hermann Hoppe

02 September 1949

Johann Gottfried HerderJohann Gottfried Herder

25 August 1744

Heinrich Cornelius AgrippaHeinrich Cornelius Agrippa

14 September 1486

Ludwig FeuerbachLudwig Feuerbach

28 July 1804

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Karl JaspersKarl Jaspers

23 February 1883

Wilhelm von HumboldtWilhelm von Humboldt

22 June 1767

Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau

17 February 1904

Moses MendelssohnMoses Mendelssohn

06 September 1729

Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph SchellingFriedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling

27 January 1775

Peter SloterdijkPeter Sloterdijk

26 June 1947

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Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain

09 September 1855

Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer

14 February 1895

Gotthold Ephraim LessingGotthold Ephraim Lessing

22 January 1729

Friedrich SchleiermacherFriedrich Schleiermacher

21 November 1768

Eduard BernsteinEduard Bernstein

06 January 1850

Hans-Georg GadamerHans-Georg Gadamer

11 February 1900

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Niklas LuhmannNiklas Luhmann

08 December 1927

Hermann WeylHermann Weyl

09 November 1885

Thomas à KempisThomas à Kempis

1380 AD

Jakob BöhmeJakob Böhme

24 April 1575

Rudolf CarnapRudolf Carnap

18 May 1891

Matthias Jakob SchleidenMatthias Jakob Schleiden

05 April 1804

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E. F. SchumacherE. F. Schumacher

16 August 1911

Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf

01 May 1929

Ferdinand LassalleFerdinand Lassalle

11 April 1825

Ernst NolteErnst Nolte

11 January 1923

Rudolf BultmannRudolf Bultmann

20 August 1884

Wilhelm DiltheyWilhelm Dilthey

19 November 1833

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Rudolf OttoRudolf Otto

25 September 1869

Ernst BlochErnst Bloch

08 July 1885

Franz BrentanoFranz Brentano

16 January 1838

Ferdinand TönniesFerdinand Tönnies

26 July 1855

Gustav FechnerGustav Fechner

19 April 1801

Max SchelerMax Scheler

22 August 1874

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Hugo MünsterbergHugo Münsterberg

01 June 1863

Bruno BauerBruno Bauer

06 September 1809

Hans JonasHans Jonas

10 May 1903

Carl Friedrich von WeizsäckerCarl Friedrich von Weizsäcker

28 June 1912

Moritz SchlickMoritz Schlick

14 April 1882

Moses HessMoses Hess

21 January 1812

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David StraussDavid Strauss

27 January 1808

Johann Friedrich HerbartJohann Friedrich Herbart

04 April 1776

Carl Gustav HempelCarl Gustav Hempel

08 January 1905

Samuel von PufendorfSamuel von Pufendorf

08 January 1632

Hans ReichenbachHans Reichenbach

26 September 1891

Axel HonnethAxel Honneth

18 July 1949

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Alexander Gottlieb BaumgartenAlexander Gottlieb Baumgarten

17 July 1714

Franz RosenzweigFranz Rosenzweig

25 December 1886

Dietrich von HildebrandDietrich von Hildebrand

12 October 1889