Top 10 Western PhilosophersPhilosophy can be classified as highly complicated. Nonetheless, we still see many varying thoughts in philosophy and embrace them. Although some people here may not have ideas that are still prominent today, their ideas still helped to reshape things at their time. These are the greatest thinkers in politics, religion, science, and mathematics to have come from the Western or Occidental world.
He was the man who founded Western Philosophy, so of course he's here. Although he has no written works, his ideas were spread around through his pupils, especially Plato. He developed the Socratic Method and established the limitations of human knowledge.
Socrates the ideal thinker. He questioned everything.
Established the Academy of Athens, mentored Aristotle, developed the theory of the constantly changing world, the total impact of his work is unmeasurable.
In my opinion, he is way ahead of his time if you look at his quotes!
The man who exposed capitalism for the scam it is. Even though the communist movements were destroyed by Stalinist betrayal in the 20th century, Marx's analysis of capitalism and vision for a classless future society is still as relevant as ever.
A man who exposed the inequalities of social class and called for a classless system, known as socialism. The idea of socialism was ultimately adopted by such nations as Soviet Russia and China.
His works, albeit severely outdated, had a lasting effect of the thinking of others for centuries, and covered many different topics that no other could've at the time.
A massive influence of the Scientific Revolution that gave rise to ideas to be known for sure, and discarding those that can't be fully confirmed.
A philosopher, and a musical composer. His beliefs on the right to rule brought upon the separation of church and state, as well as the French Revolution.
Famous for his nihilism, Nietzsche was also known for his ideas of seeing things through multiple perspectives, especially good and evil.
Highly critical of Christianity, Voltaire advocated for the freedom of religion and separation of church and state, and became a key figure during the period of Enlightenment.
Formulated problems of self, identity and knowledge better than any early modern philosopher before him
A man that gained prominence during the Enlightenment period, Locke influenced the idea of natural rights and the social contract theory. Locke's beliefs had an impact on the signing of the Declaration of Independence later on.
He is known to many Americans as the man who influenced our Early Government.
Influence on Classical Liberalism.The ideology that the founding fathers and the revolutionaries of France supported
Mill advocated for the limitations of government and the protection of individual rights. He saw history as a battleground between liberty and authority, and created a basis for social justice (no, not the kind of social justice you think of nowadays) and human rights.
He systematized and synthesized the philosophy of Aristotle with Revelation, proving that faith and reason are not contradictory; his work still serves as a basis of Catholic Theology. Much of his work utilizes the mean between extremes that typified Aristotle, and following in his footsteps hempa avoid the problems and errors of modern and contemporary times.