First, as a brilliant Oxford-educated philosopher, you should know what an ad hominem argument is. I didn't make one. You should also know what an appeal to authority argument is. You did make one.
Second, it is absolutely hilarious that you would cite John Searle out of all the people in the world to cite as a worthwhile thinker. You must have heard of his dispute with Derrida from the 70s. He completely embarrassed himself, the legacy of JL Austin, and the entire field of "analytic" philosophy. (Details available here: Limited Inc)
Anyway, keep telling yourself whatever makes you feel better about your world-renowned clarity and your inability and unwillingness to try to come to terms with thinkers who are well out of your league.
Well, we can't all live up to the high intellectual standards of glorious Oxford and appeal to the petty personal bickering of a handful of names without ever having actually read the work of world-historical figures.
You correctly noted that not once did I attempt to defend the two names that I mentioned (or the slew of others that you implicitly and ignorantly slander). The reason for this is that I don't need to. Their works speaks for themselves. Their importance in the history of philosophy is already established, and ignorant polemics by nobodies like you will do nothing to change that. Even your alma mater, Oxford, the greatest university of all time, seems to agree with me. How do I know that? I have in front of me, as I write this, a copy of Hegel's Phenemenology, published by...Oxford University Press! And since high and mighty Oxford can do no wrong, it seems that Hegel really is someone worth considering.
So the choice is in your hands. Drop your pointless and thoroughly unwarranted arrogance and accept that maybe some French and German writers are worth your time, or keep up your outdated and dogmatic boycott and stew in your own spite and resentment.
You want to be philosopher? Easy!.
Ask questions to yourself. Be extremely Honest.
if you are extremely honest to a level you defy your existance , then you start to understand things and why people behave certain way.
it is not difficult if you let go off all your beliefs ( preconcieved notions and learnt habits).
If you see , there will be 1000s of philosopher and Godman now and in future. It is not difficult to be philosopher.
Ask questions , never agree or disagree.