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Famous Philosophers


  1. Which Chinese philosopher who lived from 551 BC to 479 BC is known for his wisdom and moral teachings?
  2. Fourteenth-century English philosopher William of Ockham is best known for which principle?
  3. "Hell is other people" is a famous line from a philosophical play by which philosopher?
  4. Aristotle was taught by which famous Greek philosopher?

  5. Regarded as one of the founding feminist philosophers, who died after giving birth to her daughter, Mary Shelley?
  6. Who is considered the most influential English-speaking philosopher of the nineteenth century?
  7. Which German philosopher's most famous work is The Critique of Pure Reason, published in 1781?
  8. After living in Manchester, which German revolutionary socialist wrote the book, "The Condition of the Working Class in England" in 1845?
  9. Whose best known philosophical statement is "I think, therefore I am"?
  10. Which Greek philosopher is considered to be the founder of Western philosophy?
  11. Which British mathematician and philosopher was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1950?
  12. Which English Elizabethan philosopher shared his name with a 20th century painter?
  13. Ancient Indian philosopher Vatsyayana is best known as the author of what?
  14. Which German philosopher penned the saying: "That which does not kill us makes us stronger"?
  15. Which American philosopher and abolitionist is best remembered for his essay on "Self-Reliance"?
  16. The War of Jenkins' Ear was a name coined in 1858 by which British historian and philosopher?
  17. By what name is French Enlightenment writer and philosopher Francois-Marie Arouet better known?
  18. Which English philosopher is best known for his 1651 book Leviathan?
  19. Which Dutch philosopher and humanist is known for the quote: "In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king"?
  20. Which influential 17th century English philosopher is commonly known as the "father of liberalism"?
  21. Which 13th century Italian Dominican friar was one of the most famous philosophers and theologians of his time?
  22. Name the medieval Italian poet and moral philosopher who is considered the father of the modern Italian language?


  1. Confucius
  2. Occam's razor
  3. Jean-Paul Sartre
  4. Plato
  5. Mary Wollstonecraft (Mary Shelley was the author of Frankenstein)
  6. John Stuart Mill
  7. Immanuel Kant
  8. Friedrich Engels
  9. Rene Descartes
  10. Socrates
  11. Bertrand Russell
  12. Francis Bacon
  13. The Kama Sutra
  14. Friedrich Nietzsche
  15. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  16. Thomas Carlyle
  17. Voltaire
  18. Thomas Hobbes
  19. Erasmus
  20. John Locke
  21. Thomas Aquinas
  22. Dante