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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers features critical biographies of individuals who have contributed to the history of intellectual thought.

Growing each year, it currently includes over 6,500  philosophers, politicians, mathematicians, poets, economists, and scientists from North America, Britain, Ireland, and the Middle East.

New in 2019: 1,000 German, Dutch, and French thinkers 

Frederick Douglass


Frederick Douglass (1818–1895)

Among America’s foremost intellectual leaders fighting for the abolition of slavery and advancement of human rights, Douglass also advocated for women’s right to vote. His book, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845), was impactful before and after the Civil War. He also urged President Abraham Lincoln to make the Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War, and later served as U.S. Marshal for the District of Columbia and U.S. Minister to Haiti. His involvement with a variety of socially progressive causes helped advance equal rights and opportunities. Read more.