Famous Philosophers from Australia

List of notable or famous philosophers from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top philosophers born in Australia and even some popular philosophers who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian 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 Australia is included when available.

A factual list, featuring people like Peter Singer and David Chalmers.

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

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  • Brian Joseph O'Shaughnessy (10 September 1925 – 7 July 2010) was an Australian philosopher of mind, who lived in London and taught at King's College London. He published influential papers on the nature of physical action and the will, at a time when this was quite unfashionable.
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1925-2010)
    • Birthplace: Kew Vic, Australia
  • Daniel Ross (born 1970) is an Australian philosopher and filmmaker, best known as the author of Violent Democracy (2004) and the co-director of the film The Ister (2004). His work is influenced by Bernard Stiegler, and he is a translator or co-translator of numerous texts by Stiegler, including ten books.
    • Age: 53
  • David John Chalmers (; born 20 April 1966) is an Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist specializing in the areas of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. He is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University. He is also a University Professor, Professor of Philosophy and Neural Science, and a Director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Consciousness (along with Ned Block) at New York University. In 2013, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
  • David Charles Stove (15 September 1927 – 2 June 1994) was an Australian philosopher.
    • Age: Dec. at 66 (1927-1994)
    • Birthplace: Moree, Australia
  • Eugene Kamenka (4 March 1928 – 19 January 1994) was an Australian political philosopher and Marxist scholar.
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1928-1994)
    • Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
  • Frank Knopfelmacher

    Frank Knopfelmacher (Vienna, 3 February 1923 – Melbourne, 17 May 1995), was a Czech Jew, who migrated to Australia in 1955 and became a psychology lecturer and anticommunist political commentator at the University of Melbourne. He was embroiled in virulent political controversies during the Vietnam War-era, the 1960s and 1970s.
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1923-1995)