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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 86 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 62 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 52 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 83 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 73 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