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Famous Philosophers from England

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 (Latin: Adelardus Bathensis; c. 1080 – c. 1152 AD) was a 12th-century English natural philosopher. He is known both for his original works and for translating many important Arabic ...more
  • Ahmad Thomson is a British barrister and writer and a member of the Murabitun movement.
  • Alan of Lynn (c. 1348 – after 1423), 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 ...more
  • Alcuin of York (; Latin: Flaccus Albinus Alcuinus; c. 735 – 19 May 804 AD) – also called Ealhwine, Alhwin or Alchoin – was an English scholar, clergyman, poet and teacher from York, Northumbria. He ...more
  • Alexander of Hales (also Halensis, Alensis, Halesius, Alesius ; c. 1185 – 21 August 1245), also called Doctor Irrefragibilis (by Pope Alexander IV in the Bull De Fontibus Paradisi) and Theologorum ...more
  • 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 is ...more
  • Anthony Ashley Cooper, 3rd Earl of Shaftesbury Bt (26 February 1671 – 16 February 1713) was an English politician, philosopher and writer.
  • Anthony Collins (21 June 1676 O.S. – 13 December 1729 O.S.) was an English philosopher, and a proponent of deism.
  • Benjamin Whichcote (4 May 1609 – May 1683) was an English Establishment and Puritan divine, 19th Provost of King's College, Cambridge, and leader of the Cambridge Platonists. He held that man is the ...more
  • 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
  • Catharine Trotter Cockburn (16 August 1679 – 11 May 1749) was ab English novelist, dramatist, and philosopher. She wrote on moral philosophy, theological tracts, and had a voluminous ...more
  • Charles Kay Ogden (; 1 June 1889 – 20 March 1957) was an English linguist, philosopher, and writer. Described as a polymath but also an eccentric and outsider, he took part in many ventures related ...more
  • Colin McGinn (born 10 March 1950) is a British philosopher. He has held teaching posts and professorships at University College London, the University of Oxford, Rutgers University and the University ...more
  • Constance Caroline Woodhill Naden (24 January 1858 – 23 December 1889) was an English writer, poet and philosopher. She studied, wrote and lectured on philosophy and science, alongside publishing two ...more
  • Denise Riley (born 1948, Carlisle) 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 ...more
  • Edward Ingram Watkin (September 27, 1888 - 1981) was an English writer.
  • Edmund Burke (; 12 January [NS] 1729 – 9 July 1797) was an Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher. Born in Dublin, Burke served as a member of parliament (MP) between 1766 and 1794 in the House of ...more
  • Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler (1892 – 30 December 1953) was an Orthodox rabbi, Talmudic scholar, and Jewish philosopher of the 20th century. He is best known for being the mashgiach ruchani ("spiritual ...more
  • Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, (; 22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher and statesman who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. His works are ...more
  • Frederick Charles Copleston SJ (10 April 1907 – 3 February 1994) was a Jesuit priest, philosopher, and historian of philosophy, best known for his influential multi-volume A History of Philosophy ...more
  • Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer, philosopher, lay theologian, and literary and art critic. He has been referred to as the "prince of paradox".  ...more
  • Sir Geoffrey Rudolph Elton (born Gottfried Rudolf Otto Ehrenberg; 17 August 1921 – 4 December 1994) was a German-born British political and constitutional historian, specialising in the Tudor ...more
  • Gilbert Crispin (c. 1055 – 1117) 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 ...more
  • Herbert John Ignatius McCabe (2 August 1926 – 28 June 2001) was an English-born Irish Dominican priest, theologian and philosopher, who was born in Middlesbrough in the North Riding of Yorkshire. ...more
  • Humphry Ditton (29 May 1675 – 15 October 1715) was an English mathematician.