Top Ten Favorite Philosophers of All Time


The Top Ten

1 Friedrich Nietzsche 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.

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.

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2 Ludwig Wittgenstein
3 Jean-Paul Sartre 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.

4 Michel Foucault
5 Marquis de Sade
6 Simone de Beauvoir
7 Voltaire 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.
8 Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

9 Immanuel Kant
10 Aristotle 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.

The Newcomers

? St. Augustine

The Contenders

11 Georges Bataille
12 Confucius 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.
13 Gilles Deleuze
14 Baruch Spinoza
15 Thomas Aquinas
16 William James William James
17 Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 3rd Earl Russell, was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic, political activist, and Nobel laureate.
18 Maurice Merleau-Ponty
19 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
20 Rene Descartes 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.

21 Michel de Montaigne 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.
22 Theodor Adorno
23 Albert Camus 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.
24 Fyodor Dostoyevsky
25 Protagoras
26 Soren Kierkegaard
27 Carl Gustav Jung
28 Niccolo Machiavelli
29 John Locke 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".
30 Epicurus Epicurus
31 David Hume
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