About Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers

We feature thousands of critical biographical entries on individuals who have contributed to the history of thought and philosophy. Discover a global history that covers a broad range of traditions, subjects, schools of thought, and regions.

The Encyclopedia is designed to grow each year. We launched with 6,500 thinkers from North America, Britain, Ireland and the Middle East, including  a number of figures from other regions who studied, taught or worked in America and Britain, such as Theodor W. Adorno, Fredrick Engels, Karl Marx, Max Friedrich Meyer and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

The platform now contains more than 8,000 entries, including 1,650 Dutch, French and German thinkers. From 2020 a third stage will extend this to thinkers from Asia, Latin American and Africa.

Alongside the giants of philosophy you will encounter people from other intellectual domains: civil rights activists, classicists, clergymen, economists, mathematicians, novelists, poets, politicians and scientists who had something to say on topics that count as philosophical.

Now you can uncover those voices often neglected from traditional narratives. Extensive cross references and suggestions of related entries make it easier than ever before to explore a more diverse and richer history of philosophical thought.

The canon will never look the same.

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Entries on the following are now available:
Entries on the following are coming soon:
  • Twentieth-Century British Philosophers
  • Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers
  • Eighteenth-Century British Philosophers
  • Seventeenth-Century British Philosophers
  • Modern American Philosophers
  • Early American Philosophers
  • Irish Philosophers
  • Islamic Philosophers
  • American Economists
  • British Economists
  • British Scientists
  • British Classicists
  • German Philosophers
  • French Philosophers
  • Dutch Philosophers
  • African Philosophers  
  • Chinese Philosophers   
  • Indian Philosophers 
  • Italian Philosophers
  • Japanese Philosophers 
  • Korean Philosophers
  • Russian Philosophers       
  • Spanish Philosophers     
  • South American Philosophers

Image credits (top to bottom): Samuel Johnson: Image by Sir Joshua Reynolds / Getty Images; Ibn Rushd (Averroes): Photo by Design Pics / Ken Welsh / Getty Images; Sojourner Truth: Image by Hulton Archive / Staff / Getty Images; Karl Marx: Photo by Bettmann / Getty Images