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Famous Female Philosophers

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List of famous female philosophers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female philosophers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being philosophers. There are thousand of females working as philosophers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic philosophers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a philosopher then the people below should give you inspiration.

List is made up of many different people, including Shadia Drury and Theano.

While this isn't a list of all female philosophers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female philosophers?" and "Who are the best female philosophers?"

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    Ayn Rand
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    Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1905-1982)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Philosopher, Playwright
    • Credits: Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged: Part II, The Fountainhead, Love Letters, Gawaahi, + more
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    Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, commonly known as Simone de Beauvoir, was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist ...more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1908-1986)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Novelist, Writer, Philosopher
    • Credits: The Blood of Others
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    Mary Wollstonecraft
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    Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French Revolution, a conduct book, and a children's book. Wollstonecraft is best known for A Vindication of the Rights of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 38 (1759-1797)
    • Birthplace: Spitalfields, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer, Philosopher
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    Rosa Luxemburg
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    Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist theorist, philosopher, economist and revolutionary socialist of Polish-Jewish descent who became a naturalized German citizen. She was, successively, a member of the Social Democracy of the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania, the Social Democratic Party of Germany, the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1871-1919)
    • Birthplace: Zamość, Second Polish Republic
    • Profession: Economist, Philosopher
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    Maria Montessori
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    Maria Tecla Artemesia Montessori was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. Her educational method is in use today in some public and private schools throughout the world.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1870-1952)
    • Birthplace: Chiaravalle, Marche, Italy
    • Profession: Educator, Physician, Philosopher
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    Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Educator, Author, Actor, Political Activist, + more
    • Credits: Black is... Black Ain't, The History Makers: Courage
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    Hypatia was a Greek mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher in Egypt, then a part of the Byzantine Empire. She was the head of the Neoplatonic school at Alexandria, where she taught philosophy and astronomy. According to contemporary sources, Hypatia was murdered by a Christian mob after being ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (350-415)
    • Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
    • Profession: Librarian, Mathematician, Scientist, Philosopher, Astronomer
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    Mary Daly
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    Mary Daly was an American radical feminist philosopher, academic, and theologian. Daly, who described herself as a "radical lesbian feminist", taught at Jesuit-run Boston College for 33 years. Daly retired in 1999, after violating university policy by refusing to allow male students in her advanced ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1928-2010)
    • Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Theologian, Professor, Writer, Philosopher
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    Hannah Arendt
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    Johanna "Hannah" Arendt was a German-born political theorist. Though often described as a philosopher, she rejected that label on the grounds that philosophy is concerned with "man in the singular" and instead described herself as a political theorist because her work centers on the fact that "men, not ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1906-1975)
    • Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
    • Profession: Political scientist, Author, Essayist, Writer, Philosopher
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    Edith Stein, also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, OCD, was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to the Roman Catholic Church and became a Discalced Carmelite nun. She is a martyr and saint of the Catholic Church. She was born into an observant Jewish family, but was an atheist by her ...more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1891-1942)
    • Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
    • Profession: Nun, Philosopher
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    Dame Jean Iris Murdoch DBE was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her first published novel, Under the Net, was selected in 1998 as one of Modern Library's 100 best ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1919-1999)
    • Birthplace: Phibsborough, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer, Philosopher
    • Credits: A Severed Head, Printul negru
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    Vandana Shiva is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than 20 books. She received her PhD from the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Graduate Studies, in Canada, in 1978 with the doctoral dissertation "Hidden variables ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Dehradun, India
    • Profession: Environmentalist, Physicist, Scientist, Author, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Dirt! The Movie, This Is What Democracy Looks Like
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    Simone Weil was a French philosopher, Christian mystic, and political activist. Weil's life was marked by an exceptional compassion for the suffering of others; at the age of six, for instance, she refused to eat sugar after she heard that soldiers fighting in World War I had to go without. She died ...more

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    • Age: Died at 34 (1909-1943)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Philosopher
    • Credits: The Real Life
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    Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name Bell Hooks, is an American author, feminist and social activist. Watkins derived the name "bell hooks" from that of her maternal great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks. Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, capitalism, and gender and ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Writer, Philosopher, Social activist
    • Credits: Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me, Fierce Light
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    Evelyn Fox Keller is an American physicist, author and feminist. She is currently Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Keller's early work concentrated at the intersection of physics and biology. Her subsequent research has focused on the ...more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Philosopher of Science, Physicist, Historian, Science writer, Philosopher
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    Susan Bordo

    Susan Bordo is a modern feminist philosopher known for her contributions to the field of contemporary cultural studies, particularly in the area of “body studies.”more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Philosopher
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    Judith Butler is an American philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics and the fields of feminist, queer and literary theory. Since 1993, she has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is now Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Writer, Philosopher
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    Margaret Anne Ganley Somerville, AM, FRSC is the Samuel Gale Professor of Law at McGill University, as well as professor in the university's faculty of medicine and the founding director of the law faculty's Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law. Somerville was born in Adelaide, South Australia, and ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
    • Profession: Pharmacist, Professor, Law professor, Philosopher, Ethicist, + more
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    Patricia Hill Collins is currently a Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also the former head of the Department of African American Studies at the University of Cincinnati, and the past President of the American Sociological Association ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Author, Philosopher
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    Julia Kristeva
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    Julia Kristeva is a Bulgarian-French philosopher, literary critic, psychoanalyst, sociologist, feminist, and, most recently, novelist, who has lived in France since the mid-1960s. She is now a Professor at the University Paris Diderot. Kristeva became influential in international critical analysis, ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Sliven, Bulgaria
    • Profession: Literary critic, Sociologist, Psychoanalyst, Novelist, Philosopher, + more
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