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

This list below has a variety of people in it, from Roger Bacon to Mary Wollstonecraft.

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

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Adelard of Bath is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 72 (1080-1152) Adelard of Bath was a 12th-century English natural philosopher. He is known both for his original works and for translating many important Greek and Arab scientific works of astrology, ...more

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Ahmad Thomson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Ahmad Thomson is a British barrister and writer and a member of the Murabitun movement.

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Alan of Lynn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Alan of Lynn Died at 75 (1348-1423) Alan of Lynn, or Alanus de Lynna, was a famous English theologian of the first half of the fifteenth century. He flourished about 1420. He was born at Lynn in Norfolk, and studied philosophy and ...more

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Alcuin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 69 (735-804) Alcuin of York, also called Ealhwine, Albinus or Flaccus, was an English scholar, ecclesiastic, poet and teacher from York, Northumbria. He was born around 735 and became the student of ...more

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Alexander of Hales is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Alexander of Hales Died at 60 (1185-1245) Alexander of Hales, O.F.M., also called Doctor Irrefragibilis and Theologorum Monarcha was a theologian and philosopher important in the development of Scholasticism and of the Franciscan

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Alfred of Sareshel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Alfred of Sareshel Alfred of Sarashel, also known as Alfred the Philosopher, Alfred the Englishman or Alfredus Anglicus, was born in England some time in the 12th century and died in the 13th century. Not much ...more

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Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 3rd Ear... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 42 (1671-1713) Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury was an English politician, philosopher and writer.

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Anthony Collins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 53 (1676-1729) Anthony Collins, was an English philosopher, and a proponent of deism.

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Benjamin Whichcote is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Benjamin Whichcote Died at 74 (1609-1683) Benjamin Whichcote was a British Establishment and Puritan divine, Provost of King's College, Cambridge, and leader of the Cambridge Platonists.

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Bernard Bosanquet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Bernard Bosanquet Died at 75 (1848-1923) Bernard Bosanquet was an English philosopher and political theorist, and an influential figure on matters of political and social policy in late 19th and early 20th century Britain. His work ...more

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Catherine Trotter Cockburn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 70 (1679-1749) Catharine Trotter Cockburn was a novelist, dramatist, and philosopher.

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Charles Kay Ogden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Charles Kay Ogden Died at 68 (1889-1957) Charles Kay Ogden was an English linguist, philosopher, and writer. Described as a polymath but also an eccentric and outsider, he took part in many ventures related to literature, politics, the ...more

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Colin McGinn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
age 68 Colin McGinn is a British philosopher. He has held teaching posts and professorships at University College London, the University of Oxford, Rutgers University, and the University of Miami. ...more

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Constance Caroline Woodhill Na... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Constance Caroline Woodhill Naden Died at 31 (1858-1889) Constance Caroline Woodhill Naden was an English writer, poet and philosopher. She studied, wrote and lectured on philosophy and science. Naden also wrote books of poetry. Several works were ...more

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Denise Riley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Denise Riley age 70 Denise Riley is an English poet and philosopher who began to be published in the 1970s. Her poetry is remarkable for its paradoxical interrogation of selfhood within the lyric mode. Her critical ...more

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E. I. Watkin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
E. I. Watkin Died at 93 (1888-1981) Edward Ingram Watkin was an English writer.

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Edmund Burke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 68 (1729-1797) Edmund Burke PC was an Irish statesman born in Dublin; author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher, who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great ...more

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Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 61 (1892-1953) Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler was an Orthodox rabbi, Talmudic scholar, and Jewish philosopher of the 20th century. He is known as mashgiach ruchani of the Ponevezh yeshiva in Israel and through ...more

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Francis Bacon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 65 (1561-1626) Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St. Alban, QC, was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of ...more

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Frederick Copleston is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 87 (1907-1994) Frederick Charles Copleston, SJ, CBE was a Jesuit priest, philosopher, and historian of philosophy, best known for his influential multi-volume History of Philosophy.

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G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 62 (1874-1936) Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, ...more

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Geoffrey Elton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 73 (1921-1994) Sir Geoffrey Rudolph Elton was a German-born British political and constitutional historian, specializing in the Tudor period. He taught at Clare College, Cambridge and was the Regius Professor ...more

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Gilbert Crispin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Gilbert Crispin Died at 62 (1055-1117) Gilbert Crispin was a Christian author and Anglo-Norman monk, appointed by Archbishop Lanfranc in 1085 to be the abbot, proctor and servant of Westminster Abbey, England. Gilbert became the ...more

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Herbert McCabe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Herbert McCabe Died at 75 (1926-2001) Herbert John Ignatius McCabe, OP was an English-born Irish Dominican priest, theologian and philosopher, who was born in Middlesbrough in the North Riding of Yorkshire. After studying chemistry ...more

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Humphry Ditton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Humphry Ditton Died at 40 (1675-1715) Humphry Ditton was an English mathematician.

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I. A. Richards is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 86 (1893-1979) I. A. Richards was an influential English literary critic and rhetorician. He was educated at Clifton College and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where his love of English was nurtured by the ...more

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Isaiah Berlin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 88 (1909-1997) Sir Isaiah Berlin OM, CBE, FBA was a Russo-British Jewish social and political theorist, philosopher and historian of ideas, "thought by many to be the dominant scholar of his ...more

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James Ward is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 82 (1843-1925) James Ward was an English psychologist and philosopher. He was a Cambridge Apostle.

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Jeremy Weate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Jeremy Weate age 49 Jeremy Weate studied philosophy at the University of Hull, the University of Liège and the University of Warwick, graduating with a PhD in philosophy from Warwick in 1998. His PhD thesis ...more

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John Austin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
John Austin Died at 69 (1790-1859) John Austin was a noted British jurist and published extensively concerning the philosophy of law and jurisprudence. Austin served with the British Army in Sicily and Malta, but sold his ...more

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John Cowper Powys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 91 (1872-1963) John Cowper Powys was a British novelist, lecturer, philosopher, literary critic, and poet. Although Powys published a collection of poems in 1896 and his first novel in 1915, he did not gain ...more

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John Dee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 82 (1527-1609) John Dee was a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher, imperialist and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination and ...more

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John Hoppus is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 86 (1789-1875) The Rev. John Hoppus LL.D., PhD, FRS, was an English Congregational minister, author, Fellow of the Royal Society, abolitionist and educational reformer. He was appointed the first Chair of ...more

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John Lucas is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
John Lucas age 88 John Randolph Lucas FBA is a British philosopher.

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John of Salisbury is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
John of Salisbury Died at 60 (1120-1180) John of Salisbury, who described himself as Johannes Parvus, was an English author, educationalist, diplomat and bishop of Chartres, and was born at Salisbury.

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John Theophilus Desaguliers is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 61 (1683-1744) John Theophilus Desaguliers was a French-born British natural philosopher, clergyman, engineer and freemason who was elected to the Royal Society in 1714 as experimental assistant to Isaac ...more

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John Venn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 89 (1834-1923) John Venn, FRS, FSA was an English logician and philosopher noted for introducing the Venn diagram, used in the fields of set theory, probability, logic, statistics, and computer science.

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Jonathan Rée is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
age 70 Jonathan Rée is a British freelance historian and philosopher from Bradford. Educated at Sussex University and then at Oxford, Rée was previously a Professor of Philosophy at ...more

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Joseph Priestley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 71 (1733-1804) Joseph Priestley FRS was an 18th-century English theologian, Dissenting clergyman, natural philosopher, chemist, educator, and Liberal political theorist who published over 150 works. He is ...more

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Keith Ward is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
age 79 Keith Ward is a British philosopher, theologian, priest and scholar. He is a fellow of the British Academy and an ordained priest of the Church of England. He was a canon of Christ Church, ...more

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Kevin Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Kevin Mulligan age 66 Kevin Mulligan is a British philosopher, working on ontology, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of logic. He is currently Professor for philosophy at the University of Geneva, where he ...more

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L. Jonathan Cohen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
L. Jonathan Cohen Died at 83 (1923-2006) Jonathan Cohen FBA was a British philosopher. He was Fellow and Praelector in Philosophy, 1957–90 and Senior Tutor, 1985–90 at The Queen's College, Oxford and British Academy Reader in ...more

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Leonard Hodgson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Leonard Hodgson Died at 80 (1889-1969) Leonard Hodgson was an Anglican priest, philosopher, theologian, historian of the early Church and Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford from 1944 to 1958.

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Margaret Cavendish is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 50 (1623-1673) Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne was an English aristocrat, a prolific writer, and a scientist. Born Margaret Lucas, she was the youngest sister of prominent royalists Sir John ...more

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Mary Wollstonecraft is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 38 (1759-1797) Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights. During her brief career, she wrote novels, treatises, a travel narrative, a history of the French ...more

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Michael Faraday is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 76 (1791-1867) Michael Faraday FRS was an English scientist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include those of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism ...more

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Peter J. King is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
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Peter Vardy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Peter Vardy age 73 Peter Vardy is a British academic, philosopher, theologian and author. He held the post of vice principal at Heythrop College, London from 1999 to 2011.

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Philippa Foot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 90 (1920-2010) Philippa Ruth Foot was a British philosopher, most notable for her works in ethics. She was one of the founders of contemporary virtue ethics, that was originally based on the ethics of ...more

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R. G. Collingwood is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Philosophers from England
Died at 54 (1889-1943) Robin George Collingwood was an English philosopher and historian. He was born at Cartmel, Grange-over-Sands, in Lancashire, the son of the artist and archaeologist W. G. Collingwood. He was ...more