Philosophy refers to the study of fundamental nature of knowledge, reason, mind, language and traditions. British philosophy is the study of the traditions of the people belonging to the United Kingdom. Since the medieval times, Britain has had a number of philosophers who have in their own ways greatly contributed to the British society. Francis Bacon was one of the most influential philosophical advocates of the early modern period in British history. A pioneer in the scientific revolution, it was through his works that he popularized scientific inquiry and thus was called the father of empiricism. However, the discussion of the early modern period of British philosophy remains incomplete without the mention of the classic trio, John Locke, George Berkeley and David Hume. From the mid-19th century, the country witnessed the beginning of British idealism that remained influential until the early twentieth century. Key philosophers of this time include T.H. Green, F.H. Bradley, H. H. Joachim and so on. In the early 20th century, G.E Moore and Bertrand Russell pioneered analytical philosophy that till date dominates the British philosophy. Through this section, find in detail about the life and works of important British philosophers.
C. S. LewisC. S. Lewis

29 November 1898

John LockeJohn Locke

29 August 1632

Alan WattsAlan Watts

06 January 1915

Bertrand RussellBertrand Russell

18 May 1872

Francis BaconFrancis Bacon

22 January 1561

John Stuart MillJohn Stuart Mill

20 May 1806

Thomas HobbesThomas Hobbes

05 April 1588

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft

27 April 1759

Jeremy BenthamJeremy Bentham

15 February 1748

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke

12 January 1729

Karl PopperKarl Popper

28 July 1902

Herbert SpencerHerbert Spencer

27 April 1820

Continue Reading Below

William PennWilliam Penn

14 October 1644

Robert HookeRobert Hooke

28 July 1635

Robert BoyleRobert Boyle

25 January 1627

Joseph PriestleyJoseph Priestley

24 March 1733

George BerkeleyGeorge Berkeley

12 March 1685

Alain de BottonAlain de Botton

20 December 1969

Continue Reading Below

George BooleGeorge Boole

02 November 1815

William GodwinWilliam Godwin

03 March 1756

Alfred North WhiteheadAlfred North Whitehead

15 February 1861

F. H. BradleyF. H. Bradley

30 January 1846

G. K. ChestertonG. K. Chesterton

29 May 1874

Continue Reading Below

Syed Ahmad KhanSyed Ahmad Khan

17 October 1817

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeSamuel Taylor Coleridge

21 October 1772

Roger ScrutonRoger Scruton

17 February 1944

John WycliffeJohn Wycliffe

1320 AD

Roger PenroseRoger Penrose

08 August 1931

John DeeJohn Dee

13 July 1527

Continue Reading Below

Anselm of CanterburyAnselm of Canterbury

1033 AD

Isaiah BerlinIsaiah Berlin

06 June 1909

Karl PearsonKarl Pearson

27 March 1857

Duns ScotusDuns Scotus

1265 AD

Alasdair MacIntyreAlasdair MacIntyre

12 January 1929

Gregory BatesonGregory Bateson

09 May 1904

Continue Reading Below

Houston Stewart ChamberlainHouston Stewart Chamberlain

09 September 1855

Philippa FootPhilippa Foot

03 October 1920

J. L. AustinJ. L. Austin

26 March 1911

Michael HallidayMichael Halliday

13 April 1925

Harriet MartineauHarriet Martineau

12 June 1802

E. H. CarrE. H. Carr

28 June 1892

Continue Reading Below

Thomas BrowneThomas Browne

19 October 1605

I. A. RichardsI. A. Richards

26 February 1893

AlcuinAlcuin

0735 AD

Antony FlewAntony Flew

11 February 1923

Bernard WilliamsBernard Williams

21 September 1929

Derek ParfitDerek Parfit

11 December 1942

Continue Reading Below

G. E. M. AnscombeG. E. M. Anscombe

18 March 1919

H. L. A. HartH. L. A. Hart

18 July 1907

Michael OakeshottMichael Oakeshott

11 December 1901

Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount AllenbyEdmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby

23 April 1861

A. C. GraylingA. C. Grayling

03 April 1949

R. G. CollingwoodR. G. Collingwood

22 February 1889

Continue Reading Below
Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf

01 May 1929

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-TyneMargaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1623 AD

Gilbert RyleGilbert Ryle

19 August 1900

E. F. SchumacherE. F. Schumacher

16 August 1911

Frank P. RamseyFrank P. Ramsey

22 February 1903

William WhewellWilliam Whewell

24 May 1794

Continue Reading Below
William PaleyWilliam Paley

14 July 1743

Edward CarpenterEdward Carpenter

29 August 1844

Richard SwinburneRichard Swinburne

26 December 1934

Edward B. TitchenerEdward B. Titchener

11 January 1867

David BrewsterDavid Brewster

11 December 1781

Ernest GellnerErnest Gellner

09 December 1925

Continue Reading Below

Quentin SkinnerQuentin Skinner

26 November 1940

Stephen ToulminStephen Toulmin

25 March 1922

John HickJohn Hick

20 January 1922

Thomas Hill GreenThomas Hill Green

07 April 1836

William PettyWilliam Petty

26 May 1623

Simon CritchleySimon Critchley

27 February 1960

Continue Reading Below

Owen BarfieldOwen Barfield

09 November 1898

Michael DummettMichael Dummett

27 June 1925

Adam FergusonAdam Ferguson

20 June 1723

Mary MidgleyMary Midgley

13 September 1919

Herbert ReadHerbert Read

04 December 1893

Simon BlackburnSimon Blackburn

12 July 1944

Continue Reading Below

Kenneth E. BouldingKenneth E. Boulding

18 January 1910

John Desmond BernalJohn Desmond Bernal

10 May 1901

I. J. GoodI. J. Good

09 December 1916