16th Century Philosophers
Find out more about the greatest 16th Century Philosophers, including Galileo Galilei, René Déscartes, Niccolò Machiavelli, Nicolaus Copernicus and Thomas Hobbes.
Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
03 May 1469, Italian
Political Philosopher
Francis BaconFrancis Bacon
22 January 1561, British
Philosopher

Nicolaus CopernicusNicolaus Copernicus
19 February 1473, Polish
 

Thomas HobbesThomas Hobbes
05 April 1588, British
Philosopher

Giordano BrunoGiordano Bruno
1548 AD, Italian
Philosopher

Michel de MontaigneMichel de Montaigne
28 February 1533, French
Philosopher
John DeeJohn Dee
13 July 1527, British
Mathematician, Philosopher

Saint Teresa of AvilaSaint Teresa of Avila
28 March 1515, Spanish
Saint

René DéscartesRené Déscartes
31 March 1596, French
Mathematician, Philosopher and Writer
Francisco de VitoriaFrancisco de Vitoria
1483 AD, Spanish
philosopher, writer, religious, university

Hugo GrotiusHugo Grotius
10 April 1583, Dutch
Jurist
Heinrich Cornelius AgrippaHeinrich Cornelius Agrippa
14 September 1486, German
Physician

Gerolamo CardanoGerolamo Cardano
24 September 1501, Italian
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Inventor,

Cesare BeccariaCesare Beccaria
15 March 1738, Italian
Jurist

John Amos ComeniusJohn Amos Comenius
28 March 1592, Czech
Writer, Linguist, Presbyter, Theologian,

Jean BodinJean Bodin
1529 AD, French
jurist, philosopher, economist, historian,
Mulla SadraMulla Sadra
1571 AD, Iranian
philosopher, writer

Francisco SuárezFrancisco Suárez
05 January 1548, Spanish
Priest

Marin MersenneMarin Mersenne
08 September 1588, French
Philosopher, Theologian, Mathematician,

Tommaso CampanellaTommaso Campanella
06 September 1568, Italian
philosopher, writer, poet, astrologer
Pierre GassendiPierre Gassendi
22 January 1592, French
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Professor,

Jacobus ArminiusJacobus Arminius
10 October 1560, Dutch
Theologian, University teacher
Étienne de La BoétieÉtienne de La Boétie
 

Wang YangmingWang Yangming
26 October 1472, Chinese
Calligrapher

Dadu DayalDadu Dayal
1544 AD, Indian
Hindu saint
Justus LipsiusJustus Lipsius
18 October 1547, Belgian
Philosopher

Thomas CajetanThomas Cajetan
20 February 1469, Italian
philosopher, Catholic priest
Luis de MolinaLuis de Molina
29 September 1535, Spanish
Theologian

Petrus RamusPetrus Ramus
1515 AD, French
Philosopher

Gemma FrisiusGemma Frisius
09 December 1508, Dutch
Physician
Hayashi RazanHayashi Razan
1583 AD, Japanese
Philosopher

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Andrea CesalpinoAndrea Cesalpino
06 June 1519, Italian
Physician
Matthias FlaciusMatthias Flacius
03 March 1520, Croatian
Theologian

Hector BoeceHector Boece
1465 AD, Scottish
Scottish philosopher

Pietro PomponazziPietro Pomponazzi
16 September 1462, Italian
Philosopher

Damião de GóisDamião de Góis
02 February 1502, Portuguese
Philosopher
William AmesWilliam Ames
1576 AD, British
Theologian
Francisco SanchesFrancisco Sanches
1550 AD, Spanish, Portuguese
Philosopher

Bernardino TelesioBernardino Telesio
07 November 1509, Italian
Philosopher

Pierre CharronPierre Charron
1541 AD, French
Theologian

John of St. ThomasJohn of St. Thomas
09 June 1589, Portuguese
Philosopher
François de La Mothe Le VayerFrançois de La Mothe Le Vayer
01 August 1588, French
Writer

Alessandro AchilliniAlessandro Achillini
20 October 1463, Italian
Philosopher

MuretusMuretus
12 April 1526, French
Author

Wawrzyniec Grzymała GoślickiWawrzyniec Grzymała Goślicki
1530 AD, Polish
Philosopher

Melchor CanoMelchor Cano
06 January 1509, Spanish
Theologian
Jacopo AconcioJacopo Aconcio
1520 AD, Italian
Jurist

Jacques BessonJacques Besson
1540 AD, French
Inventor
Uriel AcostaUriel Acosta
1585 AD, Portuguese
Philosopher

Battista GuarinoBattista Guarino
1435 AD, Italian
Scholar

Robert BalfourRobert Balfour
1553 AD, Scottish
Philosopher
Edward Herbert, 1st Baron HerbertEdward Herbert, 1st Baron Herbert
03 March 1582, British
Soldier

Baha' al-din al-'AmiliBaha' al-din al-'Amili
18 February 1547, Iranian, Lebanese
islamic Scholar
Mīr DāmādMīr Dāmād
1561 AD, Iraqi
Islamic philosopher

Shaykh Aḥmad SirhindīShaykh Aḥmad Sirhindī
26 June 1564, Indian
Islamic scholar