Famous Canadian Philosophers

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Marshall McLuhan
(Canadian Philosopher Known for His Work in the Field of Media Theory)
Marshall McLuhan
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Birthdate: July 21, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Died: December 31, 1980
Canadian philosopher Herbert McLuhan revolutionized media theory with his concept of "global village." He predicted the World Wide Web three decades before its invention and is also remembered for coining the expression “the medium is the message.” His works include Understanding Media, The Gutenberg Galaxy, and The Mechanical Bride
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Ravi Zacharias
(Philosopher)
Ravi Zacharias
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Birthdate: March 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chennai, India
Died: May 19, 2020

Born in India, Ravi Zacharias was attracted to Christianity while recovering in hospital following a suicide attempt. He moved to Canada and then to the U.S., and gained fame as a Christian apologist and as the host of Let My People Think. He was later accused of sexual abuse.

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Manly Hall
(Canadian Author, Mystic, Astrologer, and Lecturer)
Manly Hall
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Birthdate: March 18, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Peterborough, Canada
Died: August 29, 1990
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Jean Vanier
(Philosopher, Philanthropist)
Jean Vanier
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Birthdate: September 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva

A former naval officer, Jean Vanier began working for intellectually disabled people after he met some of them in Paris, eventually founding L'Arche in order to provide them with shelter and support network. Later, he also cofounded Faith and Light to help those with learning disability.  A prolific author; after his death, he was accused of sexually exploiting six women.

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Northrop Frye
(Literary theorist and philosopher who was best remembered for being one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century.)
Northrop Frye
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Birthdate: July 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sherbrooke, Canada
Died: January 23, 1991

Considered one of the most important literary theorists of the century, Herman Northrop Fry gained international fame with his first book, Fearful Symmetry: A Study of William Blake and later with Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays. Prolific writer and respected educator, he went on to write many more, concurrently championing Canadian literature and identity, receiving several honors for his contributions.

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Ian Hacking
(Canadian Philosopher)
Ian Hacking
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Birthdate: February 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver
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D. A. Carson
(Canadian Evangelical Biblical Scholar)
D. A. Carson
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Birthdate: December 21, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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John Ralston Saul
(Canadian Writer, Public Intellectual, and Political Philosopher)
John Ralston Saul
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Birthdate: June 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottawa
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Will Kymlicka
(Canadian Political Philosopher)
Will Kymlicka
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Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: London
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Harold Innis
(Economist, Historian, Philosopher, University teacher, Sociologist)
Harold Innis
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Birthdate: November 5, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Otterville, Ontario
Died: November 8, 1952

Born into a farming community, Harold Innis was encouraged to be a Baptist minister but became a political economist and academic instead. The former University of Toronto professor is remembered for his work on the staple thesis. He had also fought on the front lines in World War I.

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Bernard Lonergan
(Canadian Philosopher, Jesuit Priest, and Theologian)
Bernard Lonergan
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Birthdate: December 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buckingham, Quebec
Died: November 26, 1984
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Paul Churchland
(Philosopher)
Paul Churchland
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Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Canadian philosopher and academic Paul Churchland is best known for his research on eliminative materialism. Born to a science teacher father, he was obsessed with science fiction and initially aspired to become an aerodynamical engineer. He later studied philosophy and became a significant figure in the field of neurophilosophy.  

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Patricia Churchland
(Canadian-American Analytic Philosopher)
Patricia Churchland
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Birthdate: July 16, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oliver
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Dimitri Kitsikis
(Sinologist, Turkologist, and Professor of Geopolitics and International Relations)
Dimitri Kitsikis
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Birthdate: June 2, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Athens, Greece
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Gerald Cohen
(Canadian Political Philosopher)
Gerald Cohen
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Birthdate: April 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: August 5, 2009
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George Grant
(Canadian Political Commentator and Philosopher)
George Grant
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Birthdate: November 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: September 27, 1988
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Luc Brisson
(Canadian Anthropologist of Antiquity and Historian of Philosophy)
Luc Brisson
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Birthdate: March 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint-Esprit, Quebec, Canada