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Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands

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

People on this list include Herman Philipse and Bas C. van Fraassen.

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

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Abraham Kuyper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 83 (1837-1920)

Birthplace: Maassluis, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Abraham Kuijper (; Dutch: [ˈaːbraːɦɑm ˈkœypər]; 29 October 1837 – 8 November 1920), publicly known as Abraham Kuyper, was Prime Minister of the Netherlands between 1901 and 1905, an influential ...more
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Adriaan Koerbagh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Adriaan Koerbagh Dec. at 37 (1632-1669)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Adriaan Koerbagh (1633 – 1669) was a Dutch scholar and writer who was a critic of religion and conventional morality.
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Afshin Ellian is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Age: 52

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Afshin Ellian (born 27 February 1966 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-Dutch professor of law, philosopher, poet, and critic of political Islam. He is an expert in international public law and ...more
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Andreas Kinneging is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Andreas Kinneging Age: 57

Birthplace: Eindhoven, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Andreas Antonius Maria Kinneging (born February 26, 1962 in Eindhoven) is Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Leiden, and a conservative philosopher in the Netherlands.
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Balthasar Bekker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Balthasar Bekker Dec. at 64 (1634-1698)

Birthplace: Metslawier, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Balthasar Bekker (20 March 1634 – 11 June 1698) was a Dutch minister and author of philosophical and theological works. Opposing superstition, he was a key figure in the end of the witchcraft ...more
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Baruch Spinoza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 45 (1632-1677)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Baruch Spinoza (, Dutch: [baːˈrux spɪˈnoːzaː]; born Benedito de Espinosa, Portuguese: [bɨnɨˈðitu ðɨ ʃpiˈnɔzɐ]; later Benedict de Spinoza; 24 November 1632 – 21 February 1677) was a ...more

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Bas C. van Fraassen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Age: 77

Birthplace: Goes, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Bastiaan Cornelis van Fraassen (; born 5 April 1941) is a Dutch-American philosopher noted for his seminal contributions to philosophy of science.. He is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy ...more
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Bas Haring is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Age: 47

Birthplace: De Bilt, Netherlands

Sebastiaan (Bas) Haring (Prof.dr. S. Haring) (born 23 April 1968 in De Bilt) is a Dutch writer of popular science and children's literature, television presenter and professor. He is a full ...more
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Bernard Delfgaauw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 81 (1912-1993)
Bernardus Maria Ignatius "Bernard" Delfgaauw (24 November 1912 in Amsterdam – 20 August 1993 in Haren) was a Dutch philosopher. He studied Dutch language, history, philosophy, and ...more
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Bernard Mandeville is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 63 (1670-1733)

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Bernard Mandeville, or Bernard de Mandeville (; 15 November 1670 – 21 January 1733), was an Anglo-Dutch philosopher, political economist and satirist. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, he lived ...more
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Bernard Nieuwentyt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Bernard Nieuwentyt Dec. at 64 (1654-1718)

Birthplace: North Holland, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Bernard Nieuwentijt, Nieuwentijdt, or Nieuwentyt (10 August 1654, West-Graftdijk, North Holland – 30 May 1718, Purmerend) was a Dutch philosopher, mathematician, physician, magistrate, mayor (of ...more
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Cornelis Drebbel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 61 (1572-1633)

Birthplace: Alkmaar, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Cornelis Jacobszoon Drebbel (Dutch pronunciation: [kɔrˈneːlɪs ˈjaːkɔpsoːn ˈdrɛbəl]; 1572 – 7 November 1633) was a Dutch engineer and inventor. He was the builder of the first navigable submarine ...more
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Cornelis Willem Opzoomer... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Cornelis Willem Opzoomer Dec. at 71 (1821-1892)

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Cornelis Willem Opzoomer (20 September 1821, Rotterdam – 23 August 1892, Oosterbeek) was a Dutch jurist, positivist philosopher and theologian. He was professor of philosophy at Utrecht ...more
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Cornelius de Pauw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 60 (1739-1799)

Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cornelius Franciscus de Pauw or Cornelis de Pauw (Corneille de Pauw in French; 18 August 1739 — 5 July 1799) was a Dutch philosopher, geographer and diplomat at the court of Frederick the Great ...more
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Cornelius Jansen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Cornelius Jansen Dec. at 53 (1585-1638)

Birthplace: Acquoy, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Cornelius Jansen (, Dutch: [ˈjɑnsə(n)]; Latinized name Cornelius Jansenius; also Corneille Janssens; 28 October 1585 – 6 May 1638) was the Dutch Catholic bishop of Ypres in Flanders and the ...more
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Cornelius Van Til is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 92 (1895-1987)

Birthplace: Grootegast, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Cornelius Van Til (May 3, 1895 – April 17, 1987) was a Dutch-American Christian philosopher and Reformed theologian, who is credited as being the originator of modern presuppositional
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Desiderius Erasmus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Desiderius Erasmus Dec. at 70 (1466-1536)

Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (; 28 October 1466 – 12 July 1536), known as Erasmus or Erasmus of Rotterdam, was a Dutch philosopher and Christian humanist who is widely considered to have been ...more

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Egbert Schuurman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Egbert Schuurman Age: 81

Birthplace: Borger, Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Egbert Schuurman (born 23 July 1937) is a Dutch engineer, philosopher, politician for the Christian Union, and Emeritus Professor of Philosophy in the Netherlands.
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Evert Willem Beth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 56 (1908-1964)

Birthplace: Almelo, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Evert Willem Beth (7 July 1908 – 12 April 1964) was a Dutch philosopher and logician, whose work principally concerned the foundations of mathematics. He was a member of the Significs Group.
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Franco Burgersdijk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Franco Burgersdijk Dec. at 39 (1590-1629)
Franco Petri Burgersdijk or Franciscus Burgersdicius, born Franck Pieterszoon Burgersdijk (3 May 1590 – 19 February 1635), was a Dutch logician.
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Franciscus van den Enden... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Dec. at 72 (1602-1674)

Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium

Franciscus van den Enden (c. 5 February 1602 in Antwerp - 27 November 1674 in Paris) was a former Jesuit, Neo-Latin poet, physician, art dealer, philosopher, and plotter against Louis XIV of ...more
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François Hemsterh... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
François Hemsterhuis Dec. at 69 (1721-1790)

Birthplace: Groningen, Kingdom of the Netherlands

François Hemsterhuis (27 December 1721 – 7 July 1790) was a Dutch writer on aesthetics and moral philosophy. The son of Tiberius Hemsterhuis, he was born at Franeker in the Netherlands. ...more
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Frank Ankersmit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Frank Ankersmit Age: 74

Birthplace: Netherlands

Franklin Rudolf Ankersmit (born 20 March 1945, Deventer, Netherlands) is professor of intellectual history and historical theory at the University of Groningen. Ankersmit, member of the family ...more
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Friedrich Weinreb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Friedrich Weinreb Dec. at 78 (1910-1988)

Birthplace: Lviv, Ukraine

Friedrich Weinreb (18 November 1910 – 19 October 1988) was a Jewish Hassidic economist and narrative author. Weinreb grew up in Scheveningen, Netherlands, to which his family had moved in 1916, ...more
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G. A. den Hartogh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
G. A. den Hartogh Age: 76
Govert A. den Hartogh (born 1943, Kampen) is a Dutch moral, legal and political philosopher. He studied theology in Kampen and philosophy in Leiden and Oxford. He received his PhD in philosophy ...more