Figures I respect

This is a list of figures throughout history who I admire and/or respect, mostly consisting of thinkers (e.g., philosophers, scientists) and feelers (e.g., adventurers, musicians). Note that inclusion on this list does not imply that I agree with any of their specific views or actions, its more that when I read about their lives / works / accomplishments I go “wow what a person” and feel somewhat inspired. I generally encourage the consideration of virtue and merit in context for personal character judgements, and am a believer in looking for the good in humanity – both pragmatically (because it creates positive feedback loops) and emotionally (because I have a hyperthymic temperament). Some of the figures have hyperlinks to writings concerning them which I consider worth reading.


  • Jeremy Bentham
  • Bertrand Russell (1)
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)
  • Frank Ramsey (1)
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Plato
  • Derek Parfit
  • Peter Singer
  • Charles Darwin
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Steven Lehar (1)
  • John Von-Neumann (1)
  • David Pearce


  • John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
  • Oscar Wilde


  • John Coltrane
  • Bill Evans (1), (2), (3)
  • Alexander & Ann Shulgin
  • The Buddha
  • Scott LaFaro (1)


  • Queen Elisabeth II (1)
  • Sejong the Great
  • Tsai Ing-wen
  • Napoleon Bonaparte


  • Ernest Shackleton
  • Robert Bartlett (explorer)
  • Edmund Hillary
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