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Famous PhilosophersCountryBorn / DiedPhilosophers Quotes Theories and Works (first published)
Habermas, JürgenGermany1929Jürgen Habermas was a philosopher and sociologist, best known for his contributions to the “critical theories” and on the moral and social philosophy of the Marxist origins of the “Frankfurt School”. Main work: “Theory of Communicative Action”.
Hartmann, NicolaiBaltic German1882-1950The Baltic German developed a layered structure of being; ideal being (values, mathematics) is timeless and infinite, real being (life, soul, spirit) is temporal and individual.
Heidegger, MartinGermany1889-1976Heidegger was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century and founder of the fundamental ontology. Among other things he saw modern technology as a threat, realizing that it changes our attitudes / opinions towards the world. Helped shape Sartre, Gadamer, Hannah Arendt and many others. Major work “Being and Time” (1927).
Hegel, Georg FriedrichGermany1770-1831Friedrich Hegel was the main representative of German idealism; thesis-antithesis-synthesis. Believed we only perceive the world indirectly and our minds only have access to images & perceptions of it (a virtual reality). Works: Phenomenology of Spirit (1806/ 07), Science of Logic (1831).
HeraclitusEphesus, Turkey540-480 BCAll opposites are changing and are in constant motion (Greek: “panta rhei” = everything flows): for example, war and peace. Day and night, wealth and poverty, etc. For Heraclitus, dispute was the father of everything (dialectic).
Hobbes, ThomasEngland1588-1679Claimed that life without a state would be “solitary, poor, instinctive and short”. Waivering of individual freedom for the benefit of the state. Hobbes major work: Leviathan (1651).
Horkheimer, MaxGermany1895-1973As a representative of the “Frankfurt School”, Max Horkheimer oriented himself on Marxist principles along with Adorno, Bloch, Habermas, and Marcuse, and supported the student revolt of 1968. His main works: “Dialectic of Enlightenment” (1947, together with Adorno) and “Critique of Instrumental Reason” (1967).
Hume, DavidScotland1711-1776In his “epistemology” David Hume divided the mind into two classes: sensory impressions and ideas.
Husserl, EdmundGermany1859-1938Husserl adopted Brentano’s “intentionality” of consciousness and made it the central message of his phenomenology. Truth is a recognizable fact. Major work: “Being and Time” (1927).
Jaspers, KarlGermany1883-1969Not only a world-renowned philosopher, but also an important psychiatrist. Karl Jaspers counts as one of the main representatives of German existential philosophy. Close friend of Martin Heidegger and Hannah Ahrends. In 1945 he founded the philosophy magazine “Die Wandlung” (The Conversion) and in 1953, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Heidelberg. His work consists of over 30 books and several thousand letters and essays.
Kant, ImmanuelGermany1724-1804Highly influential German philosopher whose work “The Critique of Pure Reason” is considered one of the most important in modern philosophy. Devised the “categorical imperative”, a moral principle: “Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law”.
Kierkegaard, SørenDenmark1813-1855For Kierkegaard, regarded as the founder of existentialism, the spirit and criticism of organized religion are at the center of his philosophy, believing that our existence is our own free choice. His most important work: “Either/Or” (1843).
Leibniz, Gottfried WilhelmGermany1646-1716Leibniz is famous for his boundless optimism believing that God created the best possible Universe and that many substances exist in common harmony, such as between body and soul. In his essay “theodicy” of 1710 he seeks to explain how the suffering of the world is possible, although God is omnipotent and good.
Locke, JohnGreat Britain1632-1704John Locke was an initiator of the “Enlightenment” (explanation of circumstances through reason) and an empiricist, who saw the human mind as a blank slate which was only written on through the course of life. One of the most famous philosophers.
Lorenzen, PaulGermany1915-1994Together with Wilhelm Kamlah Lorenzen was a founder of the “Erlangen School” of Methodological constructivism. He was also the developer of logical propaedeutic (preschool of reasonable discourse) and dialogical logic (game semantics).
Luther, MartinGermany1483-1556Initiator of the Reformation. In his 95 theses (which he posted to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church in 1517) Martin Luther railed against indulgences, the selling of public offices, pilgrimages and self-chastisement arguing that salvation comes from faith and God’s grace alone. Luther translated the New Testament from Latin into German in just 11 weeks making it widely accessible (1522).
Machiavelli, NiccolòItaly1469-1527Political philosopher of the modern era; Machiavelli advised state leaders in “Il Principe” (“The Prince”, 1513 /32) on cunning and deceit.
Marcuse, HerbertGermany1898-1979Neo-Marxist supporter and member of the “Frankfurt School”. Herbert Marcuse was a major critic of capitalism.
Marx, KarlGermany1818-1883The founder of historical materialism and the forerunner of communism lived in poverty. The “social being determines consciousness”. He authored his most famous work in 1867: “Das Kapital”.
Mill, John StuartEngland1806-1873John Stuart Mill was a representative of liberalism; “The essence of freedom is to do what you want to do” was one of his famous philosophers quotes.
More, ThomasEngland1478-1535In “Utopia” the humanist Thomas More called for social reform, was convicted and beheaded by Henry VIII.
Nietzsche, FriedrichGermany1844-1900His philosophy was directed against Christianity, which he claimed produced a “slave morality”. Nietzsche created the “superman” which was misused by the Nazis. Perceived reality always has a subjective perspective. A selection of his works: Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1885), The Gay Science (1887), Ecce Homo – how one becomes what one is (1908).
Nyssa, Gregory of335-394Church Father of the Orthodox Church; Nyssa taught the infinity of God and the Trinity.
Occam, William ofEngland1280-1347As a late scholastic Occam represented conceptualism and called for the separation of church and state. Famed for his minimalist philosophers quotes “Occam’s razor” – to understand something, eliminate unnecessary information to get to the truth or best explanation quickest.

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