Famous Philosophers from Portugal

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

List contains people like Isaac Abrabanel and Antero de Quental.

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

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  • George Agostinho Baptista da Silva, GCSE (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐɡuʃˈtiɲu dɐ ˈsiɫvɐ]; Porto, 13 February 1906 – Lisbon, 3 April 1994) was a Portuguese philosopher, essayist, and writer. His thought combines elements of pantheism and millenarism, an ethic of renunciation (like in Buddhism or Franciscanism), and a belief in freedom as the most important feature of man. Anti-dogmatic, he asserts that truth is only found in the sum of all conflicting hypothesis (in paradox). He may be considered a practical philosopher, living and working for a change in society, according to his beliefs. He is part of a tradition of visionary thought that includes Father António Vieira and the poets Luís ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 88 (1906-1994)
    • Birthplace: Portugal
  • Antero de Quental
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    Antero Tarquínio de Quental (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐ̃ˈtɛɾu dɨ kẽˈtaɫ]; old spelling Anthero) (18 April 1842 – 11 September 1891), was a Portuguese poet, philosopher and writer, whose works became a milestone in the Portuguese language, alongside those of Camões, Bocage and Fernando Pessoa.
    • Age: Dec. at 49 (1842-1891)
    • Birthplace: Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  • António Castanheira Neves

    António Castanheira Neves (born 8 November 1929 in Tábua) is a Portuguese legal philosopher and a professor emeritus at the law faculty of the University of Coimbra. According to Castanheira Neves, law can only be understood through legal problems (roughly, legal cases), which have to be solved within the legal system (including a necessary connection to morality). Law, he claims, is not something given or previous, but the solution to legal problems. Legal problems are the decisive starting point. His opposition to positivism, to natural law and to the several theories of legal syllogism would make him one of the first and most accomplished advocates of interpretivism. Castanheira Neves, ...more
    • Age: 93
    • Birthplace: Tábua, Portugal
  • Damião de Góis
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    Damião de Góis

    Damião de Góis (Portuguese pronunciation: [dɐmiˈɐ̃w̃ dɨ ˈɡɔjʃ]) (February 2, 1502 – January 30, 1574), born in Alenquer, Portugal, was an important Portuguese humanist philosopher. He was a friend and student of Erasmus. He was appointed secretary to the Portuguese factory in Antwerp in 1523 by King John III of Portugal. He compiled one of the first accounts on Ethiopian Christianity.
    • Age: Dec. at 71 (1502-1574)
    • Birthplace: Alenquer Municipality, Portugal, Portugal
  • Heliodoro de Paiva

    Dom Heliodoro de Paiva (fl. Coimbra, 1552) was a Portuguese composer, philosopher, and theologian.
    • Age: 64