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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)
Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Philosophers from Greece
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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

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Birthplace: Syracuse, Italy

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Scientist Philosopher, + more

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#42 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#9 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Philosophers from Greece
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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

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Age: Died at 62 (383 BC-321 BC)

Birthplace: Stagira, Greece

Profession: Tutor, Polymath, Scientist, Writer Philosopher, + more

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#8 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#44 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#6 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

#12 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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Eudoxus of Cnidus is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Philosophers from Greece
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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

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Birthplace: Knidos, Turkey

Profession: Mathematician, Physician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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Galen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Philosophers from Greece
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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

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Age: Died at 70 (130-200)

Birthplace: Pergamon, Turkey

Profession: Physician, Surgeon, Philosopher

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Heraclitus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Philosophers from Greece
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 60 (534 BC-474 BC)

Birthplace: Ephesus, Turkey

Profession: Philosopher

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Hypatia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Philosophers from Greece
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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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#21 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#66 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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Nikos Kazantzakis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Philosophers from Greece
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 74 (1883-1957)

Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Essayist Writer, + more

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Plato is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Philosophers from Greece
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Plato


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

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Birthplace: Classical Athens

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Writer, Philosopher

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#22 on The Best Writers of All Time

#26 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#37 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#17 on The Best Gay Authors

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