British Philosophers List

Classic philosophy is mainly british : Locke, Hobbes, Bacon or Hume had structured the philosophical field by creating entire branches of the thinking : liberalism, empiricism.

Find below a comprehensive list of the major british philosophers and related articles :

Francis Bacon Philosophy Summary

Life and Works Francis Bacon (1561-1626) is a london-born philosopher who was the the forerunner of the british empiricism tradition, streching through Locke, Hume, JS Mill and Bertrand Russell, who found time to produce a wide range of theoretical and literary works. In Bacon’s case these include, most notably, his Essays,

Godwin and Anarchism

William Godwin, a political thinker of Anarchism William Godwin ia a political theorist, essayist and novelist. In both early and late lige, Godwin was regarded as a hack of no great distinction, but in the 1790s he achived wide proeminence, even notoriety, with his major work :

Mary Wollstonecraft and Rights of Women (Summary)

Wollstonecraft’s life : A Feminist Muse fighting for rights of women Mary Wollstonecraft was born in 1759 in London. When she was young, she learned to be independent in a household where the father is wasting a small fortune in horses and drink. Regularly she must defend her mother against the violence of his drunken father. So, Wollstonecraft’s life has determined her fight for women’s rights. …

Kant vs Hume

Kant and Hume: A philosophical controversy In this article, the positions of Kant and Hume will be presented regarding the relationship between reason and morality.  Through their respective works, A Treatise of human nature,and Grounding for the metaphysics of morals, they both advocate a position on this issue. For Hume, morality comes from the feeling while for Kant, morality must be based on a duty that applies a moral law, i.e. …

The Philosophy of Bertrand Russell

Russell, an epistemologist and moral philosopher Bertrand Russell, british philosopher, is one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century. He is both a brilliant mathematician, a logician and a resolut moralist. He popularized the philosophy and was a left-wing political militant , close to socialism.

Stuart Mill’s Philosophy

John Stuart Mill Philosophy: Interest, Economics and Politics Mill (John Stuart), along with Herbert Spencer,is  the greatest british philosopher in the nineteenth century. “According to my appreciation of the genius of Mill, Alexander Bain said, he was primarily a logician, then a social or political philosopher”

Hobbes: Man is a wolf to man

Men and violence : Hobbes Anthropology The Leviathan, by Thomas Hobbes, is a great book of political philosophy, for one simple reason: Hobbes theories have based our most modern political systems. The Leviathan chronicles the adventures of the modern poli

George Berkeley’s philosophy

George Berkeley is an Irish philosopher (1685-1753) of English descent, best known for the doctrine that there is no material substance ant that things, such as stones and tables, are collections of “ideas” or sensations, which can exist only in minds and for so long as they are perceived. Berkeley and perception Berkeley’s most important works when he was still very young (like David Hume),

Hume, Impressions and Ideas

David Hume’s philosophy is entirely based on this principle that experience causes our ideas : hence Hume is a empiricist. Hume differentiates between impressions or the immediate result of the experience and ideas, or the result of impressions. Hume, Impressions and Ideas Impression is the result of direct experience both internally and externally, is engraved in the soul with great vivacity. By idea, it means the image of these impressions weakened …