READ Famous Male Philosophers

Reference
5.7k views 3,326 items

List of famous male philosophers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male philosophers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being philosophers. There are thousand of males working as philosophers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic philosophers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a philosopher then the people below should give you inspiration.

List includes Albert Chernenko, Friedrich Hayek and more.

While this isn't a list of all male philosophers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male philosophers?" and "Who are the best male philosophers?"
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Male Philosophers
Photo:  janeb13/Pixabay/CC0 1.0

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc². He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his "services to theoretical physics", in particular his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory. Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

Also Ranked

#4 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#5 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

#2 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#2 on The Most Influential People of All Time

see more on Albert Einstein
Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Philosophers
Photo: Freebase/Public domain

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahatma —applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa,—is now used worldwide. He is also called Bapu in India. Born and raised in a Hindu merchant caste family in coastal Gujarat, western India, and trained in law at the Inner Temple, London, Gandhi first employed nonviolent civil disobedience as an expatriate lawyer in South Africa, in the resident Indian community's struggle for civil rights. After his return to India in 1915, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 79 (1869-1948)

Birthplace: Porbandar, India

Also Ranked

#27 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#13 on Historical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead

#88 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#14 on The Most Influential People of All Time

see more on Mahatma Gandhi
Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Philosophers
Photo:  George Rinhart/Getty Images

Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is widely considered by commentators, critics, media and other martial artists to be one of the most influential martial artists of all time, and a pop culture icon of the 20th century. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in American films. Lee was born in Chinatown, San Francisco on November 27, 1940 to parents from Hong Kong and was raised in Kowloon with his family until his late teens. He was introduced to the film industry by his ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 33 (1940-1973)

Birthplace: Chinatown, California, United States of America

Also Ranked

#31 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#15 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#32 on Which Actor Would You Bring Back for One Final Movie?

#8 on The Toughest Professional Fighters in History

see more on Bruce Lee
Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Philosophers
Photo: Shutterstock

Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, first published in 1687, laid the foundations for classical mechanics. Newton made seminal contributions to optics, and he shares credit with Gottfried Leibniz for the development of calculus. Newton's Principia formulated the laws of motion and universal gravitation, which dominated scientists' view of the physical universe for the next three centuries. By deriving Kepler's laws of planetary motion from his mathematical description of gravity, ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 84 (1643-1727)

Birthplace: Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom

Also Ranked

#12 on We Asked, You Answered: If You Could Be Any Dead Historical Figure For 24 Hours, Who Would It Be?

#3 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#3 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#16 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

see more on Isaac Newton