Discovering that there isn't any topic that's not discussed on CW
Interest in Philosophy is something that happened suddenly to me about 5-6 years back.
Thing with choosing a great philosopher is that they have to be put in their historical context. Someone like Aristotle, while unquestionably one of the greatest intellectual influences, may not be appreciated by a modern mind as much. I liked Kant's philosophy on innateness of space and time. Also liked rather pessimistic and melancholy philosophy of Shaupenhauer.
As I read more though I ended up admiring Karl Popper
most (mostly here
). Loved both his idea of Falsification and the critique of Historicism. Amazing clarity of thought. To come up with something so original and also not overly abstract as late as in the 20st century is quite an accomplishment.
Apologies for a random bump