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Famous Philosophers from Greece

List of notable or famous philosophers from Greece, with bios and photos, including the top philosophers born in Greece and even some popular philosophers who immigrated to Greece. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Greek philosophers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These philosophers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known philosopher from Greece is included when available.

Examples of people on this list include Plato and Socrates.

This historic philosophers from Greece list can help answer the questions "Who are some Greek philosophers of note?" and "Who are the most famous philosophers from Greece?" These prominent philosophers of Greece may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Greek philosophers.

Use this list of renowned Greek philosophers to discover some new philosophers that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (10 items)


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    Archimedes of Syracuse was an Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of the leading scientists in classical antiquity. Generally considered the greatest mathematician of antiquity and one of the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Syracuse, Italy
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Scientist, Philosopher + 2 more
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    Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the Macedonian city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was a child, whereafter Proxenus of Atarneus became his guardian. At eighteen, he joined Plato's Academy in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 62 (383 BC-321 BC)
    • Birthplace: Stagira, Greece
    • Profession: Tutor, Polymath, Scientist, Writer, Philosopher + 1 more
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    Eudoxus of Cnidus was a Greek astronomer, mathematician, scholar and student of Plato. All of his works are lost, though some fragments are preserved in Hipparchus' commentary on Aratus's poem on astronomy. Theodosius of Bithynia's important work, Sphaerics, may be based on a work of Eudoxus. more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Knidos, Turkey
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physician, Philosopher, Astronomer
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    Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus, better known as Galen of Pergamon, was a prominent Greek physician, surgeon and philosopher in the Roman empire. Arguably the most accomplished of all medical researchers of antiquity, Galen influenced the development of various scientific disciplines, including ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 70 (130-200)
    • Birthplace: Pergamon, Turkey
    • Profession: Physician, Surgeon, Philosopher
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    Heraclitus of Ephesus was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, a native of the Greek city Ephesus, Ionia, on the coast of Asia Minor. He was of distinguished parentage. Little is known about his early life and education, but he regarded himself as self-taught and a pioneer of wisdom. From the lonely life ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 60 (534 BC-474 BC)
    • Birthplace: Ephesus, Turkey
    • Profession: Philosopher
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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 on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 65 (350-415)
    • Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
    • Profession: Librarian, Mathematician, Scientist, Philosopher, Astronomer
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    Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer and philosopher, celebrated for his novel Zorba the Greek, considered his magnum opus. He became known globally after the 1964 release of the Michael Cacoyannis film Zorba the Greek, based on the novel. He gained renewed fame with the 1988 Martin Scorsese adaptation ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1883-1957)
    • Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer + 2 more
    • Credits: The Last Temptation of Christ, Zorba the Greek
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    Plato was a philosopher, as well as mathematician, in Classical Greece. He is considered an essential figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition, and he founded the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. Along with his teacher ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Classical Athens
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Writer, Philosopher
    • Credits: Socrates, Der Tod des Sokrates, Sokratova odbrana i smrt, Le banquet, Die Nacht + 10 more
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    Pythagoras of Samos was an Ionian Greek philosopher, mathematician, and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism. Most of the information about Pythagoras was written down centuries after he lived, so very little reliable information is known about him. He was born on the island of Samos, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Samos, Greece
    • Profession: Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer
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    Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Plato's ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Classical Athens
    • Profession: Philosopher
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