Famous Philosophers from India

This list of notable or famous philosophers from India, with bios and includes the top philosophers born in India, as well as some popular philosophers who immigrated to India. You might also be interested in celebrities who majored in philosophy and famous Indian gurus. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Indian philosophers, then this list is the ideal resource for you. The best-known philosophers are from India are among the most prominent in all of philosophy. Important information about each well-known philosopher from India is included when available.

Everyone from Mahatma Gandhi to Adi Shankara is included on this list.

This historic philosophers from India list answers the essential questions "Who are some Indian philosophers of note?" and "Who are the most famous philosophers from India?" This is a compilation of historical and modern philosophers, so these prominent philosophers of India may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Indian philosophers. Use this list of renowned Indian philosophers to discover some new and great philosophers that you weren't familiar with before.

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  • Acharya Hemachandra
    Dec. at 83 (1089-1172)
    • Birthplace: Dhandhuka, India
    Acharya Hemachandra was a Jain scholar, poet, and polymath who wrote on grammar, philosophy, prosody, and contemporary history. Noted as a prodigy by his contemporaries, he gained the title ...more
  • Adi Shankara
    Dec. at 32 (788-820)
    • Birthplace: Kalady, India
    Adi Shankaracharya (Sanskrit: आदि शङ्कराआचार्य [aːdɪ ɕɐŋkɐɽɐ]) was an early 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. He is credited with ...more
  • Agni Shridhar

    Agni Shridhar

    Agni Shridhar (Kannada: ಅಗ್ನಿ ಶ್ರೀಧರ) is a Kannada former gangster, writer, critic and artist. He founded Karunada Sene. Later he founded the weekly Kannada newspaper and turned a professional ...more
  • Akka Mahadevi (ಅಕ್ಕ ಮಹಾದೇವಿ) (c.1130–1160) was one of the early female poets of the Kannada language and a prominent personality in the Lingayat sect of Hinduism in the 12th century. Her 430 extant ...more
  • Asvaghosa
    Dec. at 70 (80-150)
    • Birthplace: India
    Aśvaghoṣa or Ashvaghosha (/'əɕʋə'gʰoːʂə/; c. 80 – c. 150 CE) was a Buddhist philosopher, dramatist, poet and orator from India. He was born in Saketa in northern India. He is believed to have been ...more
  • Atiśa


    Dec. at 74 (980-1054)
    • Birthplace: Bikrampur
    Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna (Bengali: অতীশ দীপংকর শ্রীজ্ঞান, romanized: otish dipônkor sriggan; Standard Tibetan: ཇོ་བོ་རྗེ་དཔལ་ལྡན་ཨ་ཏི་ཤ།; Chinese: 燃燈吉祥智; pinyin: Rándēng Jíxiángzhì) (982 - 1054 CE) ...more