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List of notable or famous philosophers from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top philosophers born in the United States and even some popular philosophers who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American philosophers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These philosophers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known philosopher from the United States is included when available.

List features Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein and more.

This historic philosophers from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American philosophers of note?" and "Who are the most famous philosophers from the United States?" These prominent philosophers of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American philosophers.

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Philosophers from the United States
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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 ...more

Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist, Author, + more

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Philosophers from the United States
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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 ...more

Age: Died at 33 (1940-1973)

Birthplace: Chinatown, California, United States of America

Profession: Martial Arts Instructor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Martial artist, + more

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Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Philosophers from the United States
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Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. He was a spokesman for democracy, and embraced the principles of republicanism and the rights of the individual with worldwide influence. At the ...more

Age: Died at 83 (1743-1826)

Birthplace: Shadwell, Virginia, United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Inventor, Author, Farmer, Architect, + more

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#2 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Noam Chomsky is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Philosophers from the United States
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Avram Noam Chomsky is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. Sometimes described as the "father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent ...more

Age: 88

Birthplace: USA, East Oak Lane, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Profession: Linguist, Cognitive scientist, Historian, Logician, Screenwriter, + more

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