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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
Abraham Kuyper Died at 83 (1837-1920) Abraham Kuijper, generally known as Abraham Kuyper, was a Dutch journalist, statesman and Neo-Calvinist theologian. He was a master organizer. He founded a new church, a newspaper, the Free ...more

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Adriaan Koerbagh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Adriaan Koerbagh Died at 37 (1632-1669) Adriaan Koerbagh was a Dutch scholar and writer best known as 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
Afshin Ellian age 52 Afshin Ellian is an Iranian-Dutch professor of law, philosopher, poet, and critic of political Islam. He is an expert in international public law and philosophy of law.

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Andreas Kinneging is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Andreas Kinneging age 56 Andreas Antonius Maria Kinneging is Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Leiden, and a prominent 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 Died at 64 (1634-1698) Balthasar Bekker was a Dutch minister and author of philosophical and theological works. Opposing superstition, he was a key figure in the end of the witchcraft persecutions in early modern ...more

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Baruch Spinoza is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Baruch Spinoza Died at 45 (1632-1677) Baruch Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher of Sephardi Portuguese origin. The breadth and importance of Spinoza's work was not fully realized until many years after his death. By laying the ...more

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Bas C. van Fraassen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Bas C. van Fraassen age 77 Bastiaan Cornelis van Fraassen is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University and the McCosh Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Princeton University, teaching ...more

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Bas Haring is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Bas Haring age 49 Sebastiaan Haring is a Dutch philosopher and writer of popular science and children's literature. He holds a temporary special professor chair in the Public Understanding of Science at the ...more

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Bernard Delfgaauw is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Bernard Delfgaauw Died at 81 (1912-1993) Bernardus Maria Ignatius "Bernard" Delfgaauw was a Dutch philosopher. He studied Dutch language, history, philosophy, and Hebrew language at the University of Amsterdam. In 1947 he got ...more

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Bernard Mandeville is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Bernard Mandeville Died at 63 (1670-1733) Bernard Mandeville, or Bernard de Mandeville, was an Anglo-Dutch philosopher, political economist and satirist. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, he lived most of his life in England and used ...more

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Bernard Nieuwentyt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Bernard Nieuwentyt Died at 64 (1654-1718) Bernard Nieuwentijt, Nieuwentijdt, or Nieuwentyt was a Dutch philosopher, mathematician, physician, magistrate, mayor, and theologian. As a philosopher, he was a follower of Descartes and an ...more

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Cornelis Drebbel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Cornelis Drebbel Died at 61 (1572-1633) Cornelis Jacobszoon Drebbel was the Dutch builder of the first navigable submarine in 1620. Drebbel was an innovator who contributed to the development of measurement and control systems, optics ...more

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Cornelis Willem Opzoomer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Cornelis Willem Opzoomer Died at 71 (1821-1892) Cornelis Willem Opzoomer was a Dutch jurist, positivist philosopher and theologian. He was professor of philosophy at Utrecht University from 1846 to 1889.

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Cornelius de Pauw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Cornelius de Pauw Died at 60 (1739-1799) Cornelius Franciscus de Pauw or Cornelis de Pauw was a Dutch philosopher, geographer and diplomat at the court of Frederick the Great of Prussia.

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Cornelius Jansen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Cornelius Jansen Died at 53 (1585-1638) Corneille Janssens, commonly known by the Latinized name Cornelius Jansen or Jansenius, was Catholic bishop of Ypres and the father of a theological movement known as Jansenism.

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Cornelius Van Til is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Cornelius Van Til Died at 92 (1895-1987) Cornelius Van Til was a Christian philosopher, Reformed theologian, and presuppositional apologist.

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Desiderius Erasmus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Desiderius Erasmus Died at 70 (1466-1536) Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian. Erasmus was a ...more

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Egbert Schuurman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Egbert Schuurman age 80 Egbert Schuurman 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
Evert Willem Beth Died at 56 (1908-1964) Evert Willem Beth was a Dutch philosopher and logician, whose work principally concerned the foundations of mathematics.

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Franco Burgersdijk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Franco Burgersdijk Died at 39 (1590-1629) Franco Petri Burgersdijk or Franciscus Burgersdicius, born Franck Pieterszoon Burgersdijk, 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
Franciscus van den Enden Died at 72 (1602-1674) Franciscus van den Enden was a former Jesuit, Neo-Latin poet, physician, art dealer, philosopher, and plotter against Louis XIV of France and is mainly known as the teacher of Baruch de Spinoza. ...more

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François Hemsterhuis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
François Hemsterhuis Died at 69 (1721-1790) François Hemsterhuis was a Dutch writer on aesthetics and moral philosophy. The son of Tiberius Hemsterhuis, he was born at Franeker in the Netherlands. He was educated at the University ...more

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Frank Ankersmit is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Frank Ankersmit age 73 Franklin Rudolf Ankersmit is professor of intellectual history and historical theory at the University of Groningen. Professor Ankersmit has made contributions to contemporary historiography, ...more

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Friedrich Weinreb is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Friedrich Weinreb Died at 78 (1910-1988) Friedrich Weinreb was a Jewish Hassidic and narrative author. Weinreb grew up in Scheveningen, Netherlands, to which his family had moved in 1916, and became notorious for selling a fictitious ...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 75 Govert A. den Hartogh is a Dutch philosopher. He studied theology and philosophy and received his Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 1985. He was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for ...more

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Gerard van der Leeuw is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Gerard van der Leeuw Died at 60 (1890-1950) Gerardus van der Leeuw was a Dutch historian and philosopher of religion. He is best known for his work Religion in Essence and Manifestation: A Study in Phenomenology, an application of ...more

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Gerardus Heymans is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Gerardus Heymans Died at 73 (1857-1930) Gerardus Heymans was a Dutch philosopher, psychologist, a follower of Gustav Fechner's idea of psychic monism, and from 1890 to 1927 a Professor at Groningen University. His thought was ...more

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Gerard Bolland is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Gerard Bolland Died at 68 (1854-1922) Gerardus Johannes Petrus Josephus Bolland, also known as G.J.P.J. Bolland, was a Dutch autodidact, linguist, philosopher, biblical scholar, and lecturer. An excellent orator, he gave extremely ...more

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Hans Achterhuis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Hans Achterhuis age 75 Herman Johan "Hans" Achterhuis is Professor Emeritus in Systematic Philosophy at the University of Twente, The Netherlands and one of the country's foremost philosophers. For now his ...more

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Hendrik van Eikema Hommes is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Hendrik van Eikema Hommes Died at 54 (1930-1984) Hendrik Jan van Eikema Hommes was a noted Dutch legal scholar and successor to Herman Dooyeweerd in the post of philosopher and judicial scholar at Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands. ...more

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Hendrik van Riessen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Hendrik van Riessen Died at 89 (1911-2000) Hendrik Van Riessen (1911-2000) was one of the second generation of reformational philosophers. The first generation of Herman Dooyeweerd and D. H. Th. Vollenhoven. Other second generationers ...more

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Henry of Ghent is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Henry of Ghent Died at 76 (1217-1293) Henry of Ghent was a scholastic philosopher, known as Doctor Solemnis, and also as Henricus de Gandavo and Henricus Gandavensis.

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Herman Bavinck is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Herman Bavinck Died at 67 (1854-1921) Herman Bavinck was a Dutch Reformed theologian and churchman.

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Herman Dooyeweerd is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Herman Dooyeweerd Died at 83 (1894-1977) Herman Dooyeweerd was a Dutch juridical scholar by training, who by vocation was a philosopher and a co-founder of the Philosophy of the Cosmonomic Idea with Dirk Vollenhoven. Dooyeweerd made ...more

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Herman Philipse is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Herman Philipse age 66 Herman Philipse is a professor of philosophy at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. From 1986 until 2003, he taught at Leiden University, where he obtained his doctorate in 1983.

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Hugo Grotius is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Hugo Grotius Died at 62 (1583-1645) Hugo Grotius, also known as Huig de Groot, Hugo Grocio or Hugo de Groot, was a jurist in the Dutch Republic. With Francisco de Vitoria and Alberico Gentili he laid the foundations for ...more

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Isaac Beeckman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Isaac Beeckman Died at 49 (1588-1637) Isaac Beeckman was a Dutch philosopher and scientist, who, through his studies and contact with leading natural philosophers, may have "virtually given birth to modern atomism".

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Jacob Klapwijk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Jacob Klapwijk age 84 Jacob Klapwijk is a Dutch philosopher, and Emeritus Professor of Modern and Systematic Philosophy at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, known for his work on Ernst Troeltsch and historicism, ...more

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Jacob Moleschott is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Jacob Moleschott Died at 71 (1822-1893) Jacob Moleschott was a Dutch physiologist and writer on dietetics. He is known for his philosophical views in regards to "scientific materialism".

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Jacobus Arminius is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Jacobus Arminius Died at 49 (1560-1609) Jacobus Arminius, the Latinized name of the Dutch theologian Jakob Hermanszoon from the Protestant Reformation period, served from 1603 as professor in theology at the University of Leiden. He ...more

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Jan Standonck is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Jan Standonck Died at 51 (1453-1504) Jan Standonck was a Flemish priest, Scholastic, and reformer. He was part of the great movement for reform in the 15th-century French church. His approach was to reform the recruitment and ...more

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Johan Quanjer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Johan Quanjer Died at 67 (1934-2001) Johan Henri Quanjer was a Dutch author, publisher, and New Age philosopher and mystic who spent most of his adult life in London. In 1973 he coined the term "Pneumatocracy" for the ...more

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Johan van Benthem is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Johan van Benthem age 68 Johannes Franciscus Abraham Karel van Benthem is a University Professor of logic at the University of Amsterdam at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation and professor of philosophy ...more

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Johannas Nobel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
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Johannes Jacobus Poortman is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Johannes Jacobus Poortman Died at 74 (1896-1970) Johannes Jacobus Poortman, studied philosophy and psychology at Groningen University under Professor Gerardus Heymans. In 1919 he received his Master of Arts; many years later he would also earn ...more

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L. T. F. Gamut is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
L. T. F. Gamut L. T. F. Gamut was a collective pseudonym for the Dutch logicians Johan van Benthem, Jeroen Groenendijk, Dick de Jongh, Martin Stokhof and Henk Verkuyl. Gamut stands for the Dutch universities ...more

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Marc de Vries is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Marc de Vries age 60 Prof. Dr. M.J. de Vries, is professor of Reformational Philosophy at the Delft University of Technology.

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Paul Cobben is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Paul Cobben age 66 Paul Gulian Cobben is a Dutch philosopher. His main contribution to philosophy is that he has given an immanent critique of G.W.F. Hegel's philosophy. His research specializes in Hegel's ...more

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Philip Willem van Heusde is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Philip Willem van Heusde Died at 61 (1778-1839) Philip Willem van Heusde was a Dutch philosopher and educator. He is known for his influence on the founders of the so-called Groningen school of theology. He studied literature and law in ...more

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Pieter de la Court is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Philosophers from the Netherlands
Pieter de la Court Died at 67 (1618-1685) Pieter de la Court was a Dutch economist and businessman, he is the origin of the successful De la Court family. He pioneered modern thinking about the economic importance of free competition ...more