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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 women of philosophy, 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?"
Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1905-1982)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Philosopher, Playwright

Credits: The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike, Love Letters

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Simone de Beauvoir is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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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 ...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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#65 on The Best French Authors

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Mary Wollstonecraft is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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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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#33 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#88 on The Best Novelists of All Time

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Rosa Luxemburg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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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 Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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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: 73

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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#11 on The Greatest Black Female Authors in the History of Literature

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Hypatia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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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 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Philosophers
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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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