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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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 71
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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. 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 Dec. at 40 (1675-1715)
Humphry Ditton was an English mathematician.