Famous Philosophy Majors & Minors Students

The following people were philosophy majors or minors (or the equivalent)

  • Steve Allen (writer & comedian)
  • Woody Allen (director & comedian)
  • Wes Anderson (filmmaker - Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums, etc.)
  • Max Baer Jr. (actor: Jethro on "The Beverly Hillbillies")
  • Kristen Baker (first female brigade commander, United States military Academy)
  • William Bennett (former Drug czar & leader of the National Endowment for the Humanities, author of The Books of Virtues)
  • Cardinal Bernardin (late Cardinal of Chicago)
  • Justice Stephen Breyer (U.S. Supreme Court)
  • Jerry Brown (former Governor of California and presidential candidate)
  • Pat Buchanan (Reform party nominee in 2000 for President of the United States)
  • Pearl Buck (writer, Pulitzer prize and Nobel prize winner)
  • George Carlin (comedian and actor)
  • Stokely Carmichael/Kwame Ture (civil rights leader)
  • Mary Higgins Clark (mystery writer)
  • John Chancellor (journalist, news anchor)
  • Bill Clinton (former U.S. President)
  • Stephen Colbert (comedian)
  • Ethan Coen (filmmaker - The Big Lebowski, Fargo, etc.)
  • Wes Craven (filmmaker - A Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • Luc Dardenne (filmmaker - The Promise, The Child, Darkness, etc.)
  • Angela Davis (social activist)
  • Arthur P. Davis (African American writer and educator)
  • Philip K. Dick (science fiction writer)
  • Paul Draper (winemaker, Ridge Vineyards)
  • David Duchovny (actor, "The X-Files")
  • Umberto Eco (novelist, semiologist)
  • T.S. Eliot (author)
  • John Elway (quarterback, Denver Broncos)
  • Rahm Emmanuel (Chief of Staff, Obama Administration)
  • Daniel Evans (Olivier Award winning actor, nominated for a Tony)
  • Carly Fiorina (CEO, Hewlett-Packard)
  • Ken Follet (author)
  • Harrison Ford (actor)
  • Michael Frayn, (playwright and novelist - Copenhagen)
  • Ivan Frolov (editor of Pravda)
  • Martin Gardner (author, essayist)
  • Richard Gere (actor)
  • Ricky Gervais (comedian and actor)
  • J. Paul Getty (industrialist, founder of Getty Oil, endowed the Getty Museum of Art)
  • Phillip Glass (composer)
  • Rebecca Goldstein (novelist, MacArthur prize recipient)
  • Randall Grahm (winemaker, Bonny Doon Vineyards)
  • Matt Groening (creator of "The Simpsons")
  • Rudy Giuliani (former mayor of NYC)
  • Gary Hart (US Senator, former presidential candidate)
  • Christy Haubegger (editor of Latina)
  • Vaclav Havel (former President of the Czech Republic)
  • Carol Heckman (first female U.S. Magistrate in the Western District of New York)
  • Peter Hoeg (author, Smilla's Sense of Snow)
  • Carl Icahn (business person and corporate raider, bought TWA)
  • Phil Jackson (NBA coach, LA Lakers)
  • Thomas Jefferson (U.S. President)
  • Mark Jones (Director, Victoria and Albert Museum)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. (civil rights leader)
  • Bruce Lee (martial arts expert, actor)
  • Jay Leno (comedian)
  • Elmore Leonard (author)
  • Michael Lerner (editor, Tikkun)
  • Gerald Levine (CEO, Time Warner)
  • Peter Lynch (director)
  • Amy Madigan (actress)
  • Terrence Malick (filmmaker - The New World, The Thin Red Line, etc.)
  • Paul Martin (Canadian Prime Minister)
  • Steve Martin (comedian, actor, author)
  • Jay McInerney (author)
  • Michael McKaskey (owner, Chicago bears)
  • Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin (Canadian Chief Justice)
  • Robert McNamara (former Secretary of Defense, Director of the World Bank)
  • Dennis Miller (comedian)
  • William H. Miller III (mutual fund manager, oversees the Legg Mason Value Trust)
  • Kate Millett (author, Sexual Politics)
  • Moby (musician)
  • Bob Moses (civil rights activist)
  • Robert Motherwell (painter)
  • Iris Murdoch (novelist)
  • Bill Murray (comedian)
  • Pope John Paul II
  • Neil Peart (drummer for the rock group, Rush)
  • Stone Phillips (broadcast journalist)
  • Chaim Potok (novelist)
  • Steve Reich (musician, composer)
  • Richard Riordan (former Mayor of Los Angeles)
  • Joan Rivers (comedian)
  • Brad Roberts (singer-songwriter for the Crash Test Dummies)
  • Susan Sarandon (actress)
  • Mike Schmidt (baseball player, former Philadelphia Philly)
  • Albert Schweitzer (physician, humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize winner)
  • Wallace Shawn (actor, playwright)
  • Gene Siskel (film critic)
  • Jeff Smith (chef also known as "The Frugal Gourmet")
  • Alexander Solzhenitsin (political dissident, writer)
  • Susan Sontag (essayist)
  • George Soros (money manager, Soros Foundation)
  • Justice David Souter (U.S. Supreme Court)
  • P. Michael Spence (economist, 2001 Nobel Laureate)
  • George Stephanopoulos (Press Secretary to U.S. President Bill Clinton)
  • John Stoltzmann (winner of the World Poker Open)
  • Aung San Suu Kyi (human rights activist and Novel Peace Prize winner)
  • Aaron Taylor (offensive tackle, Green Bay Packers)
  • Dave Thomas (SCTV)
  • Alex Trebeck (host of "Jeopardy")
  • Pierre Trudeau (former Canadian Prime Minister)
  • David Foster Wallace (novelist, MacArthur prize recipient)
  • Judge Joseph A. Wapner ("The People's Court")
  • Robert Weaver (doyen of Canadian literature, head of CBC's "Anthology")
  • Elie Wiesel (author, human rights activist, Nazi hunter)
  • George F. Will (author, journalist, commentator)
  • Juan Williams (host of National Public Radio's "Talk of the Nation," writer for the Washington Post)
  • Dr. Stephen Younger (Director of the Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Defense, established after 9/11)
  • Moses Znaimer (owner of Citytv and MuchMusic, Toronto)