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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.

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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
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Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = m c 2 {\displaystyle E=mc^{2}} , which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Philosophers
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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (; 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful campaign for India's independence from British Rule, and in turn inspire movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā (Sanskrit: "high-souled", "venerable"), first applied to him in 1914 in South Africa, is now used throughout the world. Born and raised in a Hindu 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 ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 79 (1869-1948)

Birthplace: Porbandar, India

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Philosophers
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Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍), was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher. He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts (MMA). Lee is considered by commentators, critics, media, and other martial artists to be the most influential martial artist of all time and a pop culture icon of the 20th century, who bridged the gap between East and West. He is often credited with helping to change the way Asians were presented in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 33 (1940-1973)

Birthplace: Chinatown, California, United States of America

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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Philosophers
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Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1726/27) was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author (described in his own day as a "natural philosopher") who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time, and a key figure in the scientific revolution. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), first published in 1687, laid the foundations of classical mechanics. Newton also made seminal contributions to optics, and shares credit with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz for developing the infinitesimal calculus. In Principia, Newton formulated the laws of motion and universal ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)

Birthplace: Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom

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