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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) 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 Dec. 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
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 57 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
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
age 50 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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
Dec. 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 81 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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
Dec. 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 Dec. 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 74 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 Dec. 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 76 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