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Famous Philosophers from Spain

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

List people include Ramon Llull, George Santayana and many more.

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

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Abiathar Crescas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Abiathar Crescas (Aragonese: [aβiaˈtaɾ ˈkɾeskas], Catalan: [əβiəˈtaɾ ˈkɾeskəs]) was a 15th-century physician and astrologer from the Crown of Aragon (now part of Spain). He was head astrologer ...more
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Abraham bar Hiyya is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 66 (1070-1136)

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Abraham bar Ḥiyya ha-Nasi (Hebrew: אַבְרָהָם בַּר חִיָּיא הַנָשִׂיא; c. 1070 – 1136 or 1145), also known as Abraham Savasorda, Abraham Albargeloni, and Abraham Judaeus, was a Jewish ...more
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Abraham ibn Ezra is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 78 (1089-1167)

Birthplace: Tudela, Spain

Abraham ben Meir Ibn Ezra (Hebrew: אַבְרָהָם אִבְּן עֶזְרָא or ראב"ע‎; Arabic: ابن عزرا‎; also known as Abenezra or simply Ibn Ezra, 1089–c.1167 ) was one of the most distinguished Jewish ...more
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Antonio Comellas y Cluet... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Antonio Comellas y Cluet Dec. at 52 (1832-1884)
Antonio Comellas y Cluet (born in Berga, in Catalonia, 16 Jan., 1832; died there, 3 June 1884) was a philosopher. Comellas studied philosophy and theology in Vic, and entered the diocesan ...more
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Avempace is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 43 (1095-1138)

Birthplace: Zaragoza, Spain

Avempace (c. 1085 – 1138) is the Latinate form of Ibn Bājja (Arabic: ابن باجة‎), full name Abū Bakr Muḥammad Ibn Yaḥyà ibn aṣ-Ṣā’igh at-Tūjībī Ibn Bājja (أبو بكر محمد بن يحيى بن الصائغ ...more
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Averroes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 72 (1126-1198)

Birthplace: Córdoba, Spain

Ibn Rushd (Arabic: ابن رشد‎; full name in Arabic: أبو الوليد محمد ابن احمد ابن رشد‎, romanized: Abū l-Walīd Muḥammad Ibn ʾAḥmad Ibn Rušd; 1126 – 11 December 1198), often Latinized as Averroes ...more

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Baltasar Gracián ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 57 (1601-1658)

Birthplace: Belmonte de Gracián, Spain

Baltasar Gracián y Morales, SJ (Spanish pronunciation: [baltaˈsaɾ ɣɾaˈθjan]; 8 January 1601 – 6 December 1658), better known as Baltasar Gracián, was a Spanish Jesuit and baroque ...more
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Carlos de Sigüenza ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 55 (1645-1700)

Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Don Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora (August 14, 1645 – August 22, 1700) was one of the first great intellectuals born in the Spanish viceroyalty of New Spain (Mexico City). He was a ...more
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Chantal Maillard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Age: 68

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Chantal Maillard (born 1951) is a contemporary Spanish poet and philosopher. With a long repertoire behind her, she has received various literary prizes for her poetry. She was awarded the ...more
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Domingo de Soto is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Domingo de Soto Dec. at 66 (1494-1560)

Birthplace: Segovia, Spain

Domingo de Soto (1494 – November 15, 1560) was a Dominican priest and Scholastic theologian born in Segovia, Spain, and died in Salamanca at the age of 66. He is best known as one of the ...more
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Enrique Colom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Enrique Colom Age: 78
Enrique Colom is a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and is a Consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and was contributing editor of their ...more
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Fernando Ocariz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Fernando Ocariz
Fernando Ocáriz Braña (born 27 October 1944) is a Roman Catholic priest who serves as the current Prelate of Opus Dei. Monsignor Ocáriz is the fourth person to head Opus Dei ...more
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Fernando Rielo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 81 (1923-2004)

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Fernando Rielo Pardal (28 August 1923 – 6 December 2004) was a Catholic Servant of God, mystical poet, philosopher, author, metaphysician, and Founder of a Catholic religious institute. Rielo ...more
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Fernando Savater is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Fernando Savater Age: 71

Birthplace: Donostia / San Sebastián, Spain

Fernando Fernández-Savater Martín (born 21 June 1947 at Basque city of San Sebastián) is one of Spain's most popular living philosophers, as well as an essayist and
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Francesc Pujols is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Francesc Pujols Dec. at 80 (1882-1962)

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Francesc Pujols i Morgades (1882 in Barcelona – 1962 in Martorell) was a Spanish writer and philosopher from Catalonia . Pujols began to write poetry during his studies in secondary school, ...more
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Francisco de Vitoria is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 54 (1492-1546)

Birthplace: Burgos, Spain

Francisco de Vitoria (c. 1483 – 12 August 1546; also known as Francisco de Victoria) was a Spanish Roman Catholic philosopher, theologian, and jurist of Renaissance Spain. He is the founder of ...more
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Francisco Suárez ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 69 (1548-1617)

Birthplace: Granada, Spain

Francisco Suárez (5 January 1548 – 25 September 1617) was a Spanish Jesuit priest, philosopher and theologian, one of the leading figures of the School of Salamanca movement, and ...more
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Francisco Zumel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Francisco Zumel Dec. at 67 (1540-1607)

Birthplace: Palencia, Spain

Francisco Zumel (ca. 1540-1607) was a Spanish philosopher and ecclesiastic. He was superior general of the Mercedarian Order and professor of physics and moral philosophy at the University of ...more
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Gaspar Melchor de Jovell... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 67 (1744-1811)

Birthplace: Gijón, Spain

Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (born Gaspar Melchor de Jove y Llanos, 5 January 1744 – 27 November 1811) was a Spanish neoclassical statesman, author, philosopher and a major figure of the Age of ...more
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George Santayana is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 89 (1863-1952)

Birthplace: Europe, Madrid, Madrid, Southern Europe, Madrid metropolitan area, + more

Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known in English as George Santayana (; December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952), was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and ...more

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Gómez Pereira is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 67 (1500-1567)

Birthplace: Medina del Campo, Spain

Gómez Pereira (1500–1567) was a Spanish philosopher, doctor, and natural humanist from Medina del Campo. Pereira worked hard to dispel medieval concepts of medicine and proposed the ...more
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Gregorio Marañ&oa... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 73 (1887-1960)

Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

Gregorio Marañón y Posadillo, OWL (19 May 1887 in Madrid – 27 March 1960 in Madrid) was a Spanish physician, scientist, historian, writer and philosopher. He married Dolores Moya ...more
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Ibn Shaprut is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Ibn Shaprut
Shem-Tob ben Isaac Shaprut of Tudela (Hebrew: שם טוב אבן שפרוט) (born at Tudela in the middle of the 14th century) was a Spanish Jewish philosopher, physician, and polemicist. He is often ...more
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Ibn Tufail is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Dec. at 80 (1105-1185)

Birthplace: Guadix, Spain

Ibn Tufail (c. 1105 – 1185) (full Arabic name: أبو بكر محمد بن عبد الملك بن محمد بن طفيل القيسي الأندلسي Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Abd al-Malik ibn Muhammad ibn Tufail al-Qaisi al-Andalusi; ...more
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Isaac ben Sheshet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Philosophers from Spain
Isaac ben Sheshet Dec. at 82 (1326-1408)

Birthplace: Valencia, Spain

Isaac ben Sheshet Perfet (1326–1408) (Hebrew: יצחק בן ששת) was a Spanish Talmudic authority, also known by his acronym, Rivash (ריב"ש). He was born at Valencia and settled early in life at ...more