There is no doubt that the past philosophical texts have provided very useful ideas and have contributed significantly to society. However, because these books have been around for some time a lot of the essence of their ideas have trickled into pop-culture.
For example, I pick up a self help book at the bookstore, browsing through it I usually note a lot derivative ideas from past philosophers. To me it would seem that one who doesn't have the time to work through a classic some of the other , what I like to call "pseudo-philosophical books and tv shows" seem to put forward derivative but similar ideas.
Wouldn't it be more useful to read the contemporary philosophy, from where I believe actual new ideas for society s benefit come from? I'm sure I'm over simplifying but what do you guys think? And if you want, what would be some of the first-class existentialist of the world today?