Famous Philosophers from Sweden

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

Examples of people on this list: Emanuel Swedenborg, Sissela Bok and many more.

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

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  • Bertil Mårtensson
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    Bertil Mårtensson

    Bertil Mårtensson (1945 in Malmö – November 4, 2018 in Helsingborg) was a Swedish author of science fiction, crime fiction and fantasy and also an academic philosopher. He was assistant professor at Umeå University, where he was also chair of the department from 1988–93, and at Lund University.
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Sweden
  • Boetius of Dacia
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    Boetius of Dacia

    Boetius de Dacia, OP (also spelled Boethius de Dacia) was a 13th-century Danish philosopher.
  • Emanuel Swedenborg
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    Emanuel Swedenborg (; Swedish pronunciation ; born Emanuel Swedberg; 29 January 1688 – 29 March 1772) was a Swedish pluralistic-Christian theologian, scientist, philosopher and mystic. He is best known for his book on the afterlife, Heaven and Hell (1758).Swedenborg had a prolific career as an inventor and scientist. In 1741, at 53, he entered into a spiritual phase in which he began to experience dreams and visions, beginning on Easter Weekend, on 6 April 1744. It culminated in a 'spiritual awakening' in which he received a revelation that he was appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ to write The Heavenly Doctrine to reform Christianity. According to The Heavenly Doctrine, the Lord had opened ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1688-1772)
    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
  • Nick Bostrom (; Swedish: Niklas Boström [²buːstrœm]; born 10 March 1973) is a Swedish philosopher at the University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk, the anthropic principle, human enhancement ethics, superintelligence risks, and the reversal test. In 2011, he founded the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, and is the founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. Bostrom is the author of over 200 publications, including Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (2014), a New York Times bestseller and Anthropic Bias: Observation Selection Effects in Science and Philosophy (2002). In 2009 and 2015, he was included in ...more
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Sweden
  • Per Bauhn

    Per Roald Bauhn (born 23 July 1960 in Markaryd, Kronoberg County) is a Swedish philosopher and a professor of practical philosophy at the University of Kalmar since 2004, and at Linnaeus University since 2010. His main subjects include the study of ethics and political philosophy. He has authored books on topics as diverse as nationalism, political terrorism, the virtue of courage, and the duty to rescue. He has also contributed to the field of philosophical aesthetics. Per Bauhn's philosophical work is inspired by the agency-based ethical theory of Alan Gewirth. He is married (since 2013) to Turkish sociologist and women's studies scholar Fatma Fulya Tepe.
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Markaryd, Sweden
  • Pontus Wikner
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    Pontus Wikner

    Carl Pontus Wikner (19 May 1837 – 16 May 1888) was a famed Swedish lecturer in philosophy and professor of aesthetics in Oslo (Christiania) from 1884. Wikner's contribution to homosexual history consists foremostly of producing the first description of the problematics about homosexual identity and the coming-out process. He deposited for future research at the medical faculty in Uppsala his Psychological Self-Confessions from 1879 and diaries from 1853 to 1871. According to his own wishes, they were not published before his wife and sons - the nearest members of the family - had died.
    • Age: Dec. at 50 (1837-1888)