Favorite Philosopher

25% (17 votes)
13% (9 votes)
4% (3 votes)
10% (7 votes)
6% (4 votes)
1% (1 vote)
other (my choices were limited, I know)
40% (27 votes)
Total votes: 68


Jazzer's picture


You left out my absolute favorite, the Marquis De Sade. He's deliciously troubled!


Some people's kids...I tell ya!

milly the fairy's picture

I liked Aristotle's theory on

I liked Aristotle's theory on hubris etc.
We did that in English.

I'll always be.... yours fatally....

QuakerOats's picture

John Locke was fun Come ou

John Locke was fun

Come out, come out wherever you are!

Army_your_green's picture

voltaire baby!!

Everyone should read candide...its great!

~If we were all the same, life would be boring

unicornz's picture


i see there are other philosophy nerds in here hehe id have to say that sartre is the schizzel my nizzel!! haha seriously hes my hero lol simone de beauvoir tooo, though shes somewaht naive..meh! aristotle is ok but.. kinda i dunno too basic for me.. metaphysics and existentialism all the way baby!! kierkegaard is too..gloomy and religious for me, the guy had some serious problems...but im pretty sure they all did rigth?? omg..im such a geek... ill go and watch star trek and read some slash now, seriosuly!

firedragon922's picture


I said Confucius, but then i realized, there's Voltaire. What can I say? I like the French. =)

armadillo's picture


Jesus had the best philosophies

unknowndestiny's picture


Ya, Jesus had the best philosophies, but I'd have to say that my favorite non-religious philosopher is Socrates.

irgalach's picture

Machiavelli!!! -.-.-.-.-.-


"My darling girl, when are you going to understand that "normal" isn't a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage. "

Paladin's picture


I think he and I would agreed most on our philosophies. And he's also supposed to have been gay.


sistinesylph's picture

Plato, as well

I can't think of the term, but it's the belief that we were born with knowledge, not a blank slate. He was big with that. I really liked that.

starweaver's picture

There's this 'secret rule' in

There's this 'secret rule' in philosophy that every philosopher who's male, died single, alone and a great philosopher is almost always gay.

It's the way the homosexual personality and thought-system is created in the first place, isn't it? You live a life with a lie at the centre of your life, you're bound to be either crazy, or philosophical...

If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been wallpapered.

NovaCat's picture

My top five, in no particular

My top six, in no particular order:

Buddha (Siddartha Gautama)
John Locke
Walt Whitman (yeah, he's a crazy, impractical romantic, and technically more of a poet, but I love him! . . . and actually, he was most likely gay as well)
William Blake (also a poet, but still, it was all freakishly new thinking when he came up with it)

Just wondering . . . every person I've met who really likes Nietzsche's philosophies (and I mean his main philosophies, not like random quotes from his writings) tends to think of him or herself as better than lots of people. I know that that's a facet of Nietzsche's writings, but I find it funny that the people who hold him in highest regard are usually the people whom already have overly high opinions of themselves and/or low opinion of most other people. It's kind of a "screw humility and compassion" kind of thing.

poetry nymph's picture

Ayn Rand

uh yeah i didn't see Ayn Rand on there. talk about a philisophical genius... sheesh, i read her stuff, blows me away. i so enjoy reading her stuff gawd i love her views on selfishness and individuality and humankind all together... so inspirational...
poetry tiff.
something else i didnt see plato on there eigther.

" Such sights as youthful poets dream
On summer eve by haunted stream."
-John Milton
"To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour."
-William Blake

shattered dreams's picture

freud would have to be my fav

freud would have to be my favorite because of his views and discoveries on the human mind/psychology.

Snowed_in1014's picture

thats wut i was going to say.

thats wut i was going to say...so i agree

RainbowCommie's picture

Marx, of course.

His system is amazingly complete, unlike a number of others it's internally coherent, and is actually surprisingly accurate.
Or maybe J. S. Mill or Peter Singer, or one of the other Utilitarians.

Change is the only constant.

punkrock09's picture

why are most of the philosiph

why are most of the philosiphers greek. Wait the invetnied philosiphy. Am so proud!!

punkrock09's picture

wasnt pythagoras just a mathi

wasnt pythagoras just a mathimatician???

Paladin's picture


He believed in that numbers were like gods. In fact, when one of his disciples proved that the square root of 2 was irrational, Pythagoras had him killed because he couldn't accept it.


starweaver's picture

where's Wittgenstein? He's wh

where's Wittgenstein? He's what most people think as the most influencial and certainly most controversial 20th century philosopher.
Plus, he was an excellent musician and yea, gay as well. Read his Tractatus-Logico-Philosophicus. It's great. It's just brilliant.

go ludwig.
oh yea I like Bertrand Russell as well. go pacifism. Go Principia Mathematica. and do you know the 'barber of seville' problem? yea, it's known as the Russell Paradox.

If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been wallpapered.

goatchunx's picture

Confucius is responsible for

Confucius is responsible for setting women's rights back considerably. He was a douche.