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Famous People who Majored in Philosophy

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List of famous people who majored in philosophy, including photos when available. This list of famous philosophy majors is ordered loosely by relevance, meaning the most well-known people are at the top. This list includes popular actors, musicians, athletes and more that majored or minored in philosophy. You can find various bits of information below, such as what year the person was born and what their profession is. If you're looking for a particular celebrity who majored in philosophy you can use the "search" bar to find a specific name.

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This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities were philosophy majors?" and "Which famous people studied philosophy?"
Chris Hardwick is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People who Majored in Philosophy
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Christopher Ryan Hardwick (born November 23, 1971) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, television host, writer, producer, and podcaster. He hosts Talking Dead, an hourly aftershow on AMC affiliated with the network's zombie drama series The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, as well as Talking with Chris Hardwick, a show in which Hardwick interviews prominent pop culture figures, and The Wall, a plinko-inspired gameshow on NBC. From 2013 to 2017, he hosted @midnight with Chris Hardwick, a nightly comedy-game show series on Comedy Central. In 2018, Hardwick was accused of emotional and sexual abuse by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra. Hardwick originated the role of Stacee Jaxx in ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 47

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Louisville

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Sam Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People who Majored in Philosophy
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Samuel Benjamin Harris (born April 9, 1967) is an American author, public intellectual, blogger, and podcast host primarily known for his criticism of religion, and Islam in particular. His academic background is in philosophy and cognitive neuroscience. His work touches on a wide range of topics, including rationality, religion, ethics, free will, neuroscience, meditation, philosophy of mind, politics, terrorism, and artificial intelligence. He is described as one of the atheistic "Four Horsemen of the Non-Apocalypse", along with Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett.Harris's first book, The End of Faith (2004), won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction and ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: United States of America

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Carl Icahn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People who Majored in Philosophy
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Carl Celian Icahn (; born February 16, 1936) is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder and controlling shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate holding company based in New York City, formerly known as American Real Estate Partners. He is also Chairman of Federal-Mogul, an American developer, manufacturer and supplier of powertrain components and vehicle safety products. In the 1980s Icahn developed a reputation as a "corporate raider" after profiting from the hostile takeover and asset stripping of the American airline TWA. According to Forbes magazine, Icahn had a net worth of $17 billion in 2019, making him the 26th-wealthiest person ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 83

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Lawrence Lessig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People who Majored in Philosophy
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Lester Lawrence Lessig III (born June 3, 1961) is an American academic, attorney, and political activist. He is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the former director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Lessig was a candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for president of the United States in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, but withdrew before the primaries. Lessig is a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark, and radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications. In 2001, he founded Creative Commons, a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 57

Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota, United States of America