For me, Schopenhauer, Bentham, Hume and Singer, hands down, all because of their clear consistent views on ethics, and their rational and / or empiricism.

 

There are of course others I like very much (Nitchsze stands out) , but the ones above are my favorites.

 

I really don't like Descartes.  He's clearly more intelligent than I am, this is obvious from his pensées, but I can't see how he could justify some of his claims at all (some of them which were very cruel IMO)

 

You?

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Bertrand Russel
Yeah, I have a fondness for him too. Told it the way he saw it, opposed nuclear weapons - a fine man IMO.
AYN RAND
Daniel Dennett, Douglas Hofstadter, and Alva Noe.
And Aaron Sloman.
One name..... Russell. Bertrand Russell puts the optimism back in philosophy.
Ayn Rand is not a real philosopher. My favorite philosophers are probably Kant and Hume.
Why would that be pretentious? Favorite philosophers is exactly the topic of this discussion.
I never took a philosophy class and can barely recite the names of famous philosophers, much less know what they philosophized about. All I can say is my favorite philosopher was my grandpa who said, there are only 2 thinks you can be sure of and that's that you were born and you're gonna die and don't shit where you eat.
Of course Socrates, because of his whole "I'm the only one who admits he doesn't know" stuff. My favorite, though, I would have to say is Gettier, though I like Kant's categorical imperative.
Aristotle, John Stuart Mill, Peter Singer and some of Nietzsche

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