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

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

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Adam Morton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Adam Morton Age: 74
Adam Morton, is a Canadian philosopher and author of Armenian descent. Morton's work has focused on how we understand one another's behaviour in everyday life, with an emphasis on the role ...more
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Angus Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Angus Taylor
Angus Taylor may refer to: Angus Taylor (philosopher), Canadian philosopher specializing in animal rights Angus Taylor (politician) (born 1966), Australian politician Angus Ellis Taylor ...more
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Arthur Lipsett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 50 (1936-1986)

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Arthur Lipsett (May 13, 1936 – May 1, 1986) was a Canadian avant-garde director of short collage films. Born in Montreal into a Jewish family, Lipsett saw his mother, an immigrant from Kiev, ...more
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Arthur Schafer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Age: 76
Professor Arthur Schafer is a Canadian ethicist specializing in bioethics, philosophy of law, social philosophy and political philosophy. He is Director of the Centre for Professional and ...more
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B. W. Powe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Age: 63

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Bruce William Powe (; born 23 March 1955), commonly known as B. W. Powe, is a Canadian poet, novelist, essayist, philosopher, and teacher.
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Bernard Lonergan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 80 (1904-1984)

Birthplace: Buckingham, Quebec, Gatineau, Canada

Bernard Joseph Francis Lonergan (17 December 1904 – 26 November 1984) was a Canadian Jesuit priest, philosopher, and theologian, regarded by many as one of the most important thinkers of the ...more
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Brian Orend is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Brian Orend Age: 48
Brian Orend is the Director of International Studies and a professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. Orend's works focus on just war theory and human rights. He ...more
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Charles Blattberg is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Age: 52
Charles Blattberg is a professor of political philosophy at the Université de Montréal. Educated at Toronto, McGill, the Sorbonne, and Oxford, he has been teaching political ...more
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Charles Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Age: 87

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Charles Margrave Taylor (born 1931) is a Canadian philosopher from Montreal, Quebec, and professor emeritus at McGill University best known for his contributions to political philosophy, the ...more
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Christopher D. Green is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Christopher Darren Green (born 1959) is professor of psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is cross-appointed to the graduate science and technology studies program as ...more
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David Gauthier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Age: 86

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

David Gauthier (; born 10 September 1932) is a Canadian-American philosopher best known for his neo-Hobbesian social contract (contractarian) theory of morality, as developed in his 1986 book ...more
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David N. Stamos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
David N. Stamos Age: 62
David N. Stamos (born 1957) is a Canadian philosopher of science and professor in the Philosophy Department at York University. He studied in York University, where he received his Ph.D. in ...more
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David Sztybel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
David Sztybel Age: 52

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

David Sztybel (born 2 February 1967) is a Canadian philosopher specializing in animal ethics.
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Emil Fackenheim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 87 (1916-2003)

Birthplace: Halle, Germany

Emil Ludwig Fackenheim (22 June 1916 – 18 September 2003) was a noted Jewish philosopher and Reform rabbi.Born in Halle, Germany, he was arrested by Nazis on the night of 9 November 1938, known ...more
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George Blewett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
George Blewett Dec. at 39 (1873-1912)

Birthplace: Ontario, Canada

George John Blewett (December 9, 1873 – August 15, 1912) was a Canadian academic and philosopher. Born in Yarmouth Township in Elgin County, Ontario, the son of William Blewett, a farmer, and ...more
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George Grant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 70 (1918-1988)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

George Parkin Grant (13 November 1918 – 27 September 1988) was a Canadian philosopher and political commentator. He is best known for his Canadian nationalism, political conservatism, and his ...more
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Gerald Cohen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 68 (1941-2009)

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Gerald Allan Cohen (; 1941–2009), known as G. A. Cohen or Jerry Cohen, was a Canadian Marxist political philosopher who held the positions of Quain Professor of Jurisprudence, University College ...more
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Grace Jantzen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Grace Jantzen Dec. at 54 (1948-2002)
Grace Marion Jantzen (May 24, 1948 – May 2, 2006) was a Canadian feminist philosopher and theologian. She was professor of religion, culture and gender at Manchester University from 1996 until ...more
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Harold Innis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 58 (1894-1952)

Birthplace: Otterville, Ontario, Canada

Harold Adams Innis (November 5, 1894 – November 8, 1952) was a Canadian professor of political economy at the University of Toronto and the author of seminal works on media, communication ...more
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Ian Hacking is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Age: 83

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Ian MacDougall Hacking (born February 18, 1936) is a Canadian philosopher specializing in the philosophy of science. Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards, such as the Killam Prize ...more
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Isabel Paterson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Isabel Paterson Dec. at 75 (1886-1961)

Birthplace: Manitoulin Island

Isabel Paterson (January 22, 1886 – January 10, 1961) was a Canadian-American journalist, novelist, political philosopher, and a leading literary and cultural critic of her day. Historian Jim ...more
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James Allen Graff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
James Allen Graff Dec. at 68 (1937-2005)
James Allen Graff (b. East Orange, NJ, 1937 - d. Toronto, ON, October 23, 2005) was a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto and an activist focused on human rights in Palestine.
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James Olthuis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
James Olthuis
James H. Olthuis (born 1938) is an interdisciplinary scholar in ethics, hermeneutics, philosophical theology, as well as a theorist and practitioner of psychotherapy of a kind he calls ...more
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James Robert Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
James Robert Brown
James Robert Brown is a Canadian philosopher of science. He is a Professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. In the philosophy of mathematics, he has advocated mathematical Platonism, ...more
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James Tully is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Age: 73
James Hamilton Tully (; born 1946) is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Law, Indigenous Governance and Philosophy at the University of Victoria, Canada. Tully is also a ...more