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!
Friedrich NietzscheFriedrich Nietzsche

15 October 1844

Immanuel KantImmanuel Kant

22 April 1724

Hannah ArendtHannah Arendt

14 October 1906

Arthur SchopenhauerArthur Schopenhauer

22 February 1788

Martin HeideggerMartin Heidegger

26 September 1889

Rosa LuxemburgRosa Luxemburg

05 March 1871

Friedrich EngelsFriedrich Engels

28 November 1820

Hildegard of BingenHildegard of Bingen

16 September 1098

Walter BenjaminWalter Benjamin

15 July 1892

Friedrich SchillerFriedrich Schiller

10 November 1759

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Edith SteinEdith Stein

12 October 1891

Paul TillichPaul Tillich

20 August 1886

NovalisNovalis

02 May 1772

Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas

18 June 1929

Carl von ClausewitzCarl von Clausewitz

01 July 1780

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Theodor W. AdornoTheodor W. Adorno

11 September 1903

Erich FrommErich Fromm

23 March 1900

Max StirnerMax Stirner

25 October 1806

Herbert MarcuseHerbert Marcuse

18 July 1898

Adam WeishauptAdam Weishaupt

06 February 1748

Carl SchmittCarl Schmitt

11 July 1888

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Edmund HusserlEdmund Husserl

08 April 1859

William of OckhamWilliam of Ockham

1285 AD

Leo StraussLeo Strauss

20 September 1899

Oswald SpenglerOswald Spengler

29 May 1880

Georg SimmelGeorg Simmel

01 March 1858

Gottlob FregeGottlob Frege

08 November 1848

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Johann Gottfried HerderJohann Gottfried Herder

25 August 1744

Johann Gottlieb FichteJohann Gottlieb Fichte

19 May 1762

Hans-Hermann HoppeHans-Hermann Hoppe

02 September 1949

Peter SloterdijkPeter Sloterdijk

26 June 1947

Ludwig FeuerbachLudwig Feuerbach

28 July 1804

Karl JaspersKarl Jaspers

23 February 1883

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Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau

17 February 1904

Heinrich Cornelius AgrippaHeinrich Cornelius Agrippa

14 September 1486

Max HorkheimerMax Horkheimer

14 February 1895

Wilhelm von HumboldtWilhelm von Humboldt

22 June 1767

Moses MendelssohnMoses Mendelssohn

06 September 1729

Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain

09 September 1855

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Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph SchellingFriedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling

27 January 1775

Friedrich SchleiermacherFriedrich Schleiermacher

21 November 1768

Gotthold Ephraim LessingGotthold Ephraim Lessing

22 January 1729

Hans-Georg GadamerHans-Georg Gadamer

11 February 1900

Eduard BernsteinEduard Bernstein

06 January 1850

Niklas LuhmannNiklas Luhmann

08 December 1927

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Thomas à KempisThomas à Kempis

1380 AD

Hermann WeylHermann Weyl

09 November 1885

Ferdinand LassalleFerdinand Lassalle

11 April 1825

Jakob BöhmeJakob Böhme

24 April 1575

Rudolf CarnapRudolf Carnap

18 May 1891

Matthias Jakob SchleidenMatthias Jakob Schleiden

05 April 1804

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Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf

01 May 1929

E. F. SchumacherE. F. Schumacher

16 August 1911

Rudolf BultmannRudolf Bultmann

20 August 1884

Rudolf OttoRudolf Otto

25 September 1869

Wilhelm DiltheyWilhelm Dilthey

19 November 1833

Ernst BlochErnst Bloch

08 July 1885

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Ferdinand TönniesFerdinand Tönnies

26 July 1855

Max SchelerMax Scheler

22 August 1874

Gustav FechnerGustav Fechner

19 April 1801

Franz BrentanoFranz Brentano

16 January 1838

Ernst NolteErnst Nolte

11 January 1923

Hugo MünsterbergHugo Münsterberg

01 June 1863

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Carl Friedrich von WeizsäckerCarl Friedrich von Weizsäcker

28 June 1912

Bruno BauerBruno Bauer

06 September 1809

Hans JonasHans Jonas

10 May 1903

Moses HessMoses Hess

21 January 1812

Moritz SchlickMoritz Schlick

14 April 1882

David StraussDavid Strauss

27 January 1808

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Johann Friedrich HerbartJohann Friedrich Herbart

04 April 1776

Alexander Gottlieb BaumgartenAlexander Gottlieb Baumgarten

17 July 1714

Axel HonnethAxel Honneth

18 July 1949

Dietrich von HildebrandDietrich von Hildebrand

12 October 1889

Carl Gustav HempelCarl Gustav Hempel

08 January 1905

Franz RosenzweigFranz Rosenzweig

25 December 1886

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Samuel von PufendorfSamuel von Pufendorf

08 January 1632

Hans ReichenbachHans Reichenbach

26 September 1891

Ernst ZermeloErnst Zermelo

27 July 1871