Top Ten Favorite Philosophers of All Time

The Top Ten Favorite Philosophers of All Time

1 Friedrich Nietzsche Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.

Nietzsche literature bucks top of the leader-board. Sublime.

His " philosophical critics " about ethics and society are most of the time very well analysed and written but his " eternal return " of life whenever a human dies is not ( but it is theory and it has an originality ) very deep in exact facts in my opinion.

Nietzsche's relativistic philosophy of "perspectivism" is another manifestation of collectivism; another Utopian fantasy of man's ability to perfect man. It has its ostensible diametric opposition in Ayn Rand's "objectivism," which, as with all ideologies that deny any authority above man, is deeply flawed and hardly "objective." Nietzsche and Rand each is minefield set in a morass.

2 Jean-Paul Sartre Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (June 21, 1905 – April 15, 1980) was a French philosopher, playwright, novelist, political activist, biographer, and literary critic.

Fancy words to say that we are limited in our knowledge to seek an absolute truth ( and that it is futile to even trying ) and that we have therefor to try to accept our existence in the here and now. It's more a way of life than a philosophy. I think that he's too overrated and sometimes he is even boring.

3 Ludwig Wittgenstein
4 Karl Marx Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, historian, political theorist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist. Born in Trier to a middle-class family, Marx studied law and Hegelian philosophy.

Viva las revolution


5 Michel Foucault
6 Rene Descartes

After analysed every radical doubt he came to the conclusion that one thing is sure ; that he exist. His saying " I think therefore I am " was true, even when he was dreaming or when his senses played tricks with his mind. It was even necessarly true because it's impossible to deny it without being in contradiction with yourself. If you're saying that you have doubts about your existence it proves in fact that you exist otherwise you wouldn't have a doubt to begin with. You also can't ignore the existence of your thinking because it is with your abbility to think that you are able to have doubts or to understand when your dreaming or not, when your mind is playing tricks or not ( third parties who agree on reality ). Therefore thinking and I ( my existence ) are the same. A proven self identity that has a body with a consience. Comments who are saying that " I am, therefore I think " are not always necessarly true are misleaded by concepts like intelligence that has nothing to do with ...more

It's a pitiful shame that "I think, therefore I am" does not guarantee "I am, therefore I think"-- the essence of the burgeoning modern tragedy.

7 Plato Plato was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.
8 Marquis de Sade
9 Simone de Beauvoir
10 Immanuel Kant

The Newcomers

? Plotinus

The Contenders

11 Voltaire François-Marie Arouet (21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and separation more.
12 Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A conflicted and disjointed "philosophy" (more a stream of consciousness) that greatly influenced and abetted the oppressive collectivisms to come.

13 Pierre Proudhon
14 Aristotle Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece.

Gave western civilization a rational argument, a logical need, for a Creator.

"Quality is not an act, it is a habit."

15 Confucius Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. He is the founder of the religion with the same name as him. Confucius believed he was doing the Will of Ti'en (God or 'Heaven') by preaching ethics.
16 Henry David Thoreau
17 Laozi

"Care what the others think and you'll always be heir prisoner"

18 Georges Bataille
19 Thomas Aquinas
20 Gilles Deleuze

Groundbreaking, anarchic and surreal anti-capitalist academic who paved the way for the internet age, coining the concept of a "virtual world" in 1967, as well as laying much of the groundwork for modern-day neurodiversity and alternative education movements in his works the with anti-authoritarian communist psychoanalyst Felix Guattari.

21 Bertrand Russell Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.
22 Soren Kierkegaard
23 Niccolo Machiavelli
24 Ayn Rand

Objectivism provides good framework for how to live a life based off of reason (with reality being real), self-interest. Also provides reasons why capitalism is one of the best economic systems ever devised. Rand has taught me that it's okay to want to improve yourself for yourself. That it's okay to be selfish as long as you are not infringing others rights, and you act rationally to your long term success/happiness. Her philosophy is not one of hedonism, master & slaves, existentialism, or nihilism. Her ideas of rational egoism, freedom, individual rights, capitalism could help the world to developing the best of humanity.

"A rational man is guided by his thinking- by a process of Reason-not by his feelings and desires"

"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."

"The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of ...more

25 Maurice Merleau-Ponty
26 Baruch Spinoza
27 John Locke John Locke FRS was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the "Father of Liberalism".

"All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions."

28 St. Augustine
29 Max Stirner
30 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
31 Michel de Montaigne Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592) was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre.
32 Theodor Adorno
33 Albert Camus Albert Camus (7 November 1913 – 4 January 1960) was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. He is best known for such novels as L’Étranger (The Stranger, 1942), La Peste (The Plague, 1947), and La Chute (The Fall, 1956). He received the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature.
34 Fyodor Dostoyevsky
35 William James
36 Protagoras
37 Carl Gustav Jung
38 Epicurus
39 David Hume
40 Diogenes
41 Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist and the father of psychoanalysis, a clinical method for treating psychopathology through dialogue between a patient and a psychoanalyst.
42 Bruce Lee Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do.

"Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own."

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times."

"You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend."

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