Chronological List of
Western Philosophers


 

THE ANCIENT PERIOD

Thales c. 624-545 BC
Anaximander c. 610-545 BC
Anaximenes c. 580-500 BC
Pythagoras c. 570-495 BC
Heraclitus c. 540-480 BC
Parmenides c. 515-450 BC
Anaxagoras 500-428 BC
Empedocles c. 495-435 BC
Zeno the Eleatic c. 490-430 BC
Protagoras c. 490-420 BC
Gorgias c. 483-375 BC
Socrates c. 470-399 BC
Democritus c. 460-360 BC
Plato c. 428-348 BC
Aristotle 384-322 BC
Pyrrho c. 360-270 BC
Epicurus 341-270 BC
Zeno the Stoic c. 336-264 BC
Epictetus c. 50-138
Plotinus 205-270
Augustine 354-430

 

 

THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD

Boethius c. 480-524
Erigena, John Scotus c. 810-877
Avicenna 980-1037
Anselm 1033-1109
Al-Ghazali 1058-1111
Abelard, Peter 1079-1142
Averroes 1126-1198
Maimonides, Moses 1135-1204
Aquinas, Thomas 1225-1274
Eckhart, Meister c. 1260-1327
Scotus, John Duns c. 1266-1308
Ockham, William of c. 1280-1349

 

 

THE MODERN PERIOD

Erasmus, Desiderius 1466-1536
Luther, Martin 1483-1543
Bacon, Francis 1561-1626
Galileo 1564-1642
Hobbes, Thomas 1588-1679
Descartes, Rene 1596-1650
Pascal, Blaise 1623-1662
Spinoza, Baruch 1632-1677
Locke, John 1632-1704
Newton, Isaac 1642-1727
Leibniz, Gottfried 1646-1716
Berkeley, George 1685-1753
Voltaire 1694-1778
Hume, David 1711-1776
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques 1712-1778
Kant, Immanuel 1724-1804
Bentham, Jeremy 1748-1832
Wollstonecraft, Mary 1759-1797
Hegel, George W. F. 1770-1831
Schopenhauer, A. 1788-1860
Comte, Auguste 1798-1857
Mill, John Stuart 1806-1873
Darwin, Charles 1809-1882
Kierkegaard, Soren 1813-1855
Marx, Karl 1818-1883
Engels, Friedrich 1820-1895
Dostoyevsky, Feodor 1821-1881
Nietzsche, Friedrich 1844-1900
Voltaire 1694-1778
Hume, David 1711-1776
Rousseau, Jean-Jacques 1712-1778
Kant, Immanuel 1724-1804
Bentham, Jeremy 1748-1832
Wollstonecraft, Mary 1759-1797
Hegel, George W. F. 1770-1831
Schopenhauer, A. 1788-1860
Comte, Auguste 1798-1857
Mill, John Stuart 1806-1873

 

 

THE CONTEMPORARY PERIOD

Peirce, Charles Sanders 1839-1914
James, William 1842-1910
Freud, Sigmund 1856-1939
Husserl, Edmund 1859-1938
Bergson, Henri 1859-1941
Dewey, John 1859-1952
Whitehead, Alfred North 1861-1947
Russell, Bertrand 1872-1970
Moore, George Edward (G. E.) 1873-1958
Wittgenstein, Ludwig 1889-1951
Heidegger, Martin 1889-1976
Carnap, Rudolph 1891-1970
Ryle, Gilbert 1900-1976
Sartre, Jean-Paul 1905-1980
De Beauvoir, Simone 1908-1986
Quine, Willard Van Orman 1908-
Ayer, A. J. (Alfred Jules) 1910-1989
Austin, John 1911-1960
Mackie, J. L. 1917-1981
Anscombe, G. E. M. 1919-
Rawls, John 1921-2002
Flew, Antony 1923-
Foucault, Michel 1926-1984
Baudrillard, Jean 1929-
Dreyfus, Hubert 1929-
Thomson, Judith 1929-
Williams, Bernard 1929-
Derrida, Jacques 1930-
Rorty, Richard 1931-
Dworkin, Ronald 1931-
Searle, John 1932-
Nagel, Thomas 1937-
Rachels, James 1937-
Dennett, Daniel 1942-
Singer, Peter 1946-
Sommers, Christina Hoff 1950-
 

 


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