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Plato
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Plato

Plato (428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was a philosopher in Classical Greece and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Unlike nearly all of his philosophical contempo...
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Aristotle
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Aristotle

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the Macedonian city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter Proxenus of Ata...
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René Descartes
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René Descartes

René Descartes (Latinized: Renatus Cartesius; 31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650) was a French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. He spent about 20 years of his life in the Dutch Republic...
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Immanuel Kant
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Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant (22 April 1724 – 12 February 1804) was a German philosopher.
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Alan Watts
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Alan Watts

Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was a British-born American philosopher, writer, and speaker, best known as an interpreter and populariser of Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. Born in Chislehurst, En...
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Socrates
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Socrates

Socrates (Greek: Σωκράτης, Sōkrátēs; 470/469 – 399 BC) was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical w...
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Leonardo da Vinci
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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci, (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) was an Italian polymath. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, carto...
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Parmenides
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Parmenides

Parmenides of Elea was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Elea in Magna Graecia (Greater Greece, included Southern Italy). He was the founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy. The single known work of Parmenides is a poem, O...
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Noam Chomsky
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Noam Chomsky

Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. He has spent most of his career at t...
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Osho
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Osho

Osho (born Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain – hindi रजनीश चन्द्र मोहन जैन; 11 December, 1931 – January 19, 1990), known also as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh or simply Rajneesh, was an Indian philosopher and guru who garnered an international...
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14th Dalai Lama
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14th Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama (religious name: Tenzin Gyatso, shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, born Lhamo Thondup, 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school...
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Isaac Newton
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Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP (25 December 1643 – 20 March 1726/7) was an English physicist and mathematician (described in his own day as a "natural philosopher"). His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica ("Mathematical Pri...
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Philip K. Dick
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Philip K. Dick

Philip Kindred Dick (December 16, 1928 – March 2, 1982) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist and philosopher whose published works mainly belong to the genre of science fiction. Dick explored philosophical, socio...
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Simone De Beauvoir
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Simone De Beauvoir

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, commonly known as Simone de Beauvoir, was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. She is best-known for her se...
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