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Philosophers


208 People in group

St Albert ('the Great')

St Albert ('the Great')

circa 1193-1280
Philosopher and theologian
Sitter in 1 portrait
Giovanni Aldini

Giovanni Aldini

1762-1834
Italian experimental philosopher and writer
Sitter in 1 portrait
Samuel Alexander

Samuel Alexander

1859-1938
Philosopher
Sitter in 5 portraits
Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe

Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret Anscombe

1919-2001
Philosopher
Sitter in 1 portrait
Neil Arnott

Neil Arnott

1788-1874
Physician and natural philosopher
Sitter in 1 portrait
Khadambi Asalache

Khadambi Asalache

1935-2006
Poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and civil servant
Sitter in 1 portrait
Avicenna

Avicenna

circa 980-1037
Physician, philosopher and a scientist
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

1910-1989
Philosopher
Sitter in 13 portraits
Roger Bacon

Roger Bacon

1214?-1294
Philosopher
Sitter associated with 8 portraits
Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour

1848-1930
Prime Minister and philosopher
Sitter in 139 portraits
James Beattie

James Beattie

1735-1803
Poet and philosopher
Sitter in 4 portraits
(Thomas) Brooke Benjamin

(Thomas) Brooke Benjamin

1929-1995
Mathematical physicist and mathematician; Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Oxford
Sitter in 1 portrait
Jeremy Bentham

Jeremy Bentham

1748-1832
Social philosopher
Sitter in 9 portraits
George Berkeley

George Berkeley

1685-1753
Philosopher; Bishop of Cloyne
Sitter in 5 portraits
Sir Isaiah Berlin

Sir Isaiah Berlin

1909-1997
Philosopher and political theorist
Sitter in 11 portraits
Anicus Manlius Severinus Boethius

Anicus Manlius Severinus Boethius

circa 475-524
Roman philosopher and politician
Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

1678-1751
Politician; MP for Wootton Bassett and Berkshire; government official and political philosopher
Sitter in 11 portraits
Bernard Bosanquet

Bernard Bosanquet

1848-1923
Philosopher
Sitter in 3 portraits
Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle

1627-1691
Chemist and natural philosopher
Sitter associated with 22 portraits
Francis Herbert Bradley

Francis Herbert Bradley

1846-1924
Philosopher
Sitter in 1 portrait

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