Philosophers

1500-1900

Main

Thomas Hobbes

1588 - 1679

Lives are brutish, short/Social Contract

Rene Descartes

1596 - 1650

Cogito ergo sum--I think, therefore I am

Blaise Pascal

1623 - 1662

Mathematican/Pascal's Bet

David Hume

1711 - 1776

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

1712 - 1778

People accept general will of population--Social Contract

Adam Smith

1723 - 1790

Father of Capitalism

Immanuel Kant

1724 - 1804

What if everyone else? Left Hand...A Priori

Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

Father of Conservatism

Henri de Saint-Simon

1769 - 1825

utopian socialist

G.W.F. Hegel

1770 - 1831

Absolute Spirit--Anti-thesis/synthesis

John Stuart Mill

1806 - 1873

Happiness for the greatest number

Karl Marx

1818 - 1883

Father of Communism--Communist Manifesto

Herbert Spencer

1820 - 1903

economic--"survival of the fittest"

Fredrick Engels

1820 - 1895

Marx's patron, co-author of Communist Manifesto

Friedrich Nietzsche

1844 - 1900

God is dead. Overman. Christians are sheep