David Hume, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Immanuel Kant, John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Karl Marx, René Descartes, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Hobbes
Most people go through their lives like machines, creatures of habit. They get up in the morning, eat breakfast on the way to work, work eight or nine hours and come home. They live their lives for the chance to do something for themselves on the weekend. These people are creatures of habit. They follow the role model of their parents before them; go to school, get an education, get a good job, start a family, work for forty years, and retire for a while and then die.
Living your life by rote is not living life, in my opinion. There are underlying meanings to concepts like truth and justice, concepts that we take for granted on a daily basis. Most people in the United States today have no idea what or how our society came in to being. What are the fundamental ideologies that serve as the foundation for American thought process? Each of the founding fathers of this country have many philosophical roots in the great thinkers prior to the birth of this nation. Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates stand as the cornerstone of great societies. Aquinas and Descartes server as the foundation of Western thought, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Hobbes, Marx, Hegel, Kant, and Mill stand as pillars that we based the last several centuries on.