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Famous Philosophers from Belgium

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

List is made up of a variety of people, including Etienne Vermeersch and Suzanne Lilar.

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

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  • Chaïm Perelman (20 May 1912, Warsaw – 22 January 1984, Brussels) was a Polish-born philosopher of law, who studied, taught, and lived most of his life in Brussels. He was among the most important argumentation theorists of the twentieth century. His chief work is the Traité de l'argumentation – la nouvelle rhétorique (1958), with Lucie Olbrechts-Tyteca, translated into English as The New Rhetoric: A Treatise on Argumentation, by John Wilkinson and Purcell Weaver (1969).  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1912-1984)
    • Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
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    Chantal Maillard (born 1951) is a contemporary Spanish poet and philosopher. With a long repertoire behind her, she has received various literary prizes for her poetry. She was awarded the Premio Nacional de Poesía in Spain in 2004 for her work Matar a Platón and the Premio de la Crítica for Spanish Poetry in 2007, as well as the Premio Andalucía de la Crítica for her work Hilos. Her prose is particularly characterized for merging and transgressing literary genres. Her essays mainly concern philosophy and sometimes focus on María Zambrano. After receiving her doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Málaga, she spent long periods traveling and living in India, specializing in  ...more
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
  • Claude Lévi-Strauss (; French: [klod levi stʁos]; 28 November 1908 – 30 October 2009) was a Belgium-born French anthropologist and ethnologist whose work was key in the development of the theory of structuralism and structural anthropology. He held the chair of Social Anthropology at the Collège de France between 1959 and 1982 and was elected a member of the Académie française in 1973. He received numerous honors from universities and institutions throughout the world and has been called, alongside James George Frazer and Franz Boas, the "father of modern anthropology".Lévi-Strauss argued that the "savage" mind had the same structures as the "civilized" mind and that human characteristics  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 100 (1908-2009)
    • Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
  • Etienne Vermeersch (2 May 1934, Sint-Michiels, Bruges – 18 January 2019, Ghent) was a Belgian moral philosopher, skeptic, opinion maker and debater. He is one of the founding fathers of the abortion and euthanasia law in Belgium. He is also former Vice-Rector of Ghent University. Vermeersch became an atheist after five years with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Later he became a philosophical materialist. In the 1990s there was some commotion in the Belgian media when Vermeersch wrote a rational-scientific article entitled "Why the Christian God cannot exist". In January 2008, Vermeersch was chosen by hundred prominent Flemings as the most influential intellectual of Flanders.He died in a  ...more
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Sint-Michiels, Belgium