Who are the most influential thinkers in history?
This list is not in order, and there are many people who could be added or taken away. This list strives to represent all branches of thinking from all parts of the world.
- Martin Luther
- Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha)
Those who were considered great thinkers in the Age of Enlightenment were people who were open to expanding their knowledge through science, and encouraging others to do the same. Some of the most influential enlightened thinkers were John Locke, Benjamin Franklin, Frances Bacon, and Rene Descartes.
He became one of the most influential thinkers in human history and was sometimes called the founder of modern philosophy. He was also an outstanding mathematician inventing analytic geometry and attempting to devise the simple universal laws that governed all physical change. He introduced the famous phrase in English 'I think, therefore I am'