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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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Adam Morton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Adam Morton age 73 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 is a Canadian philosopher specializing in animal rights. He lectures in philosophy at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and is the author of Animals and Ethics. 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) Arthur Lipsett 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, commit suicide when he was 10 ...more

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Arthur Schafer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 75 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 Bruce William 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) Bernard Joseph Francis Lonergan, SJ, CC was a Canadian Jesuit priest, philosopher, and theologian, regarded by many as one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. Lonergan's works ...more

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Brian Orend is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Brian Orend age 47 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 51 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 86 Charles Margrave Taylor, CC GOQ FRSC is a Canadian philosopher from Montreal, Quebec and professor emeritus at the 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 is professor of psychology and philosophy at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is a past president of its ...more

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David Gauthier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 85 David Gauthier is a Canadian-American philosopher best known for his neo-Hobbesian social contract theory of morality, as laid out in his book Morals by Agreement.

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David N. Stamos is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
David N. Stamos age 61 David N. Stamos is a philosopher of science and teaches in the Philosophy Department at York University. He studied in York University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1996. He emphasizes an ...more

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David Sztybel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
David Sztybel age 51 David Sztybel 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) Emil Ludwig Fackenheim 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 as Kristallnacht. Briefly interned ...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) George John Blewett was a Canadian academic and philosopher. Born in Yarmouth Township in Elgin County, Ontario, the son of William Blewett, a farmer, and Mary Baker, he was raised on a farm ...more

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George Grant is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 70 (1918-1988) George Parkin Grant, OC, FRSC was a Canadian philosopher, professor, and political commentator. He is best known for his Canadian nationalism, political conservatism, and his views on ...more

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Gerald Cohen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 68 (1941-2009) Gerald Allan "Jerry" Cohen, FBA was a Marxist political philosopher who held the positions of Quain Professor of Jurisprudence, University College London and Chichele Professor of ...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 was a feminist philosopher and theologian. She was professor of religion, culture and gender at Manchester University from 1996 until her death from cancer at the age of 57. ...more

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Harold Innis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 58 (1894-1952) Harold Adams Innis was a Canadian professor of political economy at the University of Toronto and the author of seminal works on media, communication theory and Canadian economic history. The ...more

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Ian Hacking is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 82 Ian MacDougall Hacking, CC, FRSC, FBA is a Canadian philosopher, specializing in the philosophy of science.

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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) Isabel Paterson was a Canadian-American journalist, novelist, political philosopher, and a leading literary critic of her day. Along with Rose Wilder Lane and Ayn Rand, who both acknowledged an ...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 was a professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto. He earned a doctorate at Brown University. John Irving, then head of the Department of Ethics at Victoria College, ...more

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James Olthuis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
James Olthuis James H. Olthuis is an inter-disciplinary scholar in ethics, hermeneutics, philosophical theology, as well as a theorist and practitioner of psychotherapy of a kind he calls "Relational ...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 72 James Hamilton Tully is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Law, Indigenous Governance and Philosophy at the University of Victoria, Canada. His research and teaching ...more

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Jan Narveson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 82 Jan Narveson, OC is professor of philosophy emeritus at the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. An anarcho-capitalist and contractarian, Narveson's form of libertarian ...more

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Jan Zwicky is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 62 Jan Zwicky is a Canadian philosopher, poet, essayist, and musician. She received her BA from the University of Calgary and earned her PhD at the University of Toronto in 1981 where her studies ...more

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Jane Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 90 (1916-2006) Jane Jacobs OC OOnt was an American-Canadian journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies. Her influential book The Death and Life of Great American Cities ...more

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Jay Newman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 59 (1948-2007) Jay Newman was a philosopher and Professor at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.

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Jean-Jacques Pelletier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Jean-Jacques Pelletier age 71 Jean-Jacques Pelletier is a French Canadian philosophy professor and author. Pelletier was a long-time philosophy teacher with the Lévis-Lauzon post-secondary school, but is best known in ...more

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Jean-Paul Audet is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Jean-Paul Audet Dec. at 75 (1918-1993) Jean-Paul Audet, OC FRSC was a French Canadian academic and philosopher. He was a professor and former head of the Université de Montréal's Department of Philosophy. In 1988, he ...more

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John A. Leslie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
John A. Leslie age 77 John Andrew Leslie is a Canadian philosopher. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, earning his B.A. in English Literature in 1962 and his M.Litt. in Classics in 1968. He is currently ...more

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John McMurtry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
John McMurtry age 79 John McMurtry, FRSC is University Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Guelph, Canada. Most recently, he has focused his research on the value structure of economic theory and ...more

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John N. Deck is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
John N. Deck Dec. at 58 (1921-1979) John Norbert Deck was a Canadian philosopher. Adhering to neither sartorial nor intellectual fashions, Deck inspired generations of students with his highly idiosyncratic form of idealism, ...more

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John Ralston Saul is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 70 John Ralston Saul, CC OOnt is a Canadian author, essayist, president of PEN International, and co-founder and co-chair of the non-profit Institute for Canadian Citizenship. As an essayist, Saul ...more

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John Russon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
John Russon age 58 John Russon is a Canadian philosopher, working primarily in the tradition of Continental Philosophy. In 2006, he was named Presidential Distinguished Professor at the University of Guelph, and ...more

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Joseph Owens is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Joseph Owens Dec. at 97 (1908-2005) Reverend Joseph Owens C.Ss.R. was a Canadian Roman Catholic priest and a scholar in medieval philosophy.

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Kai Nielsen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Kai Nielsen age 92 Kai Nielsen is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Calgary. Before moving to Canada, Nielsen taught at New York University. He specializes in metaphilosophy, ethics, and social ...more

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L. W. Sumner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
L. W. Sumner age 76 Leonard Wayne Sumner, is a Canadian philosopher notable for his work on normative and applied ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law. Sumner is University Professor Emeritus of ...more

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Leonard Peikoff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 84 Leonard S. Peikoff is a Canadian-American philosopher. A former professor of philosophy, he was designated by the philosopher Ayn Rand as heir to her estate. He is an author, a leading advocate ...more

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Leslie Green is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Leslie Green Leslie Green is a leading scholar in the analytic philosophy of law, or jurisprudence as it is often called by academic lawyers. Born in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and educated at ...more

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Lou Marinoff is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Lou Marinoff age 66 Louis Joshua Marinoff is a philosopher, author, and philosophical practitioner. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at The City College of New York. He is also founding President of the ...more

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Margaret Somerville is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 75 Margaret Anne Ganley Somerville, AM, FRSC is the Samuel Gale Professor of Law at McGill University, as well as professor in the university's faculty of medicine and the founding director of the ...more

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Mario Bunge is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 98 Mario Augusto Bunge is an Argentine philosopher, philosopher of science and physicist mainly active in Canada.

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Mark Alan Walker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Mark Alan Walker Mark Alan Walker, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at New Mexico State University, where he occupies the Richard L. Hedden Endowed Chair in Advanced Philosophical Studies. Prior to ...more

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Mark Kingwell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 55 Mark Gerald Kingwell, M.Litt, M.Phil, PhD, DFA is a Canadian professor of philosophy and associate chair at the University of Toronto's Department of Philosophy. Kingwell is a fellow of Trinity ...more

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Marshall McLuhan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 69 (1911-1980) Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory and a public intellectual. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as ...more

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Matt Cohen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
Dec. at 57 (1942-1999) Matthew Cohen was a Canadian writer, who published both mainstream literature under his own name and children's literature under the pseudonym Teddy Jam. Cohen was born in Kingston, Ontario, the ...more

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Michael Ignatieff is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 70 Michael Grant Ignatieff, PC is a Canadian author, academic and former politician. He was the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition from 2008 until 2011. ...more

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Michael Neumann is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Philosophers from Canada
age 72 Michael Neumann is a professor of philosophy at Trent University in Ontario, Canada. He is the author of What's Left? Radical Politics and the Radical Psyche, The Rule of Law: Politicizing ...more