The West doesn’t produce remarkable philosophers anymore. The last group of genuine philosophers existed during the Enlightenment Age. This is a time when the Western philosophy flourished and reached to maximum climax but eventually died with the death of the last crop of the exuberant philosophers.
True philosophy began to disappear when pressure began to institute it and became a subject to be taught in colleges and the universities. This was the biggest dishonor that was eventuated by the Westerners, meaning that the people with the highest and strongest degrees in philosophy were the ones who had the best understanding of this special subject.
There is a highly guarded secret among the proletariat, whether they be aware of it or not, that true philosophy was a strict reserve of the truly wise and rebellious souls that desired to see positive and meaningful progress among humanity. This is why during the times of the likes of Socrates, Pythagoras, Demosthenes, Plato et al the wisest philosopher had his own group of students. While nothing much of learning the elegant aspects of life changed since those days, it is easy to notice how much ignorant and superficial the modern day philosopher has become. Such people are a total disgrace to these founders of philosophy.
One of the last sane philosophers must have been Baruch Spinoza, born 1632 at Amsterdam, who unfortunately had to go through much hardship and banishment from his own motherland severally. At one time Spinoza was excommunicated by his own community, fled to several places and finally settled at The Hague where he died in 1677 a poor and persecuted man. This is a misfortune that had to be endured by many other philosophers of ingenious insight. Then how did it so happen that philosophy came to widely accepted and revered as a path to enlightenment? This signals the factors that contributed to its permanent death for, the ruling class back then realized that the only way to wage a war and permanently destroy the true and genuine intention of philosophy was by institutionalizing it so that it would be studied by dumb asses whose only aim to memorize the knowledge, pass exams and create a successful career in the various doctrines of philosophy.
Spinoza, like the other many philosophers, advocated and discussed of rationalistic solutions of such problems such as inspiration, prophecy (religion) and free investigation (which is another word for spirituality). He strongly fronted the need to have deductive reasoning in seeking solutions to world problems. Many examples and subjects of studies and propositions can be told of numerous philosophers whose revolutionary kind of thinking “outside the box” silently influenced the advancement of the greatest civilizations in the history of the world.
With such insights it is easy to know had true philosophy been given a chance to blossom and flower in the West, it would have arrived at the essence of the spiritual nature of mankind. But because the rulers had vested interest in the way things and systems were, they placed all their resources of wealth and armies behind Christianity. Is it a coincident that the Crusades that lead to the death of many innocent people occurred at these times?