French Women Philosophers

Throughout history, there have been many French women philosophers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great French female philosophers such as Simone de Beauvoir, Olympe de Gouges, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Émilie du Châtelet.

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 1 Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 14, 1986
French author and existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir is best remembered for her feminist treatise The Second Sex and her novels The Mandarins and She Came to Stay. Her literary contributions also include essays, biographies, and her autobiographical works. She won the Prix Goncourt and the Jerusalem Prize.

 2 Savitri Devi

Savitri Devi.
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Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 30, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: October 22, 1982

Born in Lyon, Frenchwoman Maximiani Julia Portas later changed her name to Savitri Devi and adopted Nazism. The ardent cat lover earned a PhD in philosophy and later acquired Greek nationality and served as an Axis spy. She claimed Adolf Hitler was an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu.

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 3 Émilie du Châtelet

Émilie du Châtelet.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 17, 1706
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 10, 1749

 4 Germaine de Staël

Germaine de Staël.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 22, 1766
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 14, 1817

 5 Luce Irigaray

Luce Irigaray.
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Famous As: Philosopher, Linguist, University teacher, Psychologist, Feminist
Birthdate: May 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bernissart

 6 Héloïse

Héloïse
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Famous As: French nun
Birthdate: 1101 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 16, 1164

 7 Julia Kristeva

Julia Kristeva
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sliven, Bulgaria
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 8 Élisabeth Badinter

Élisabeth Badinter
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: March 5, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France

 9 Catherine Malabou

Catherine Malabou
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sidi Bel Abbès, France

 10 Adele Van Reeth

Adele Van Reeth
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: France

 11 Bracha L. Ettinger

Bracha L. Ettinger
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: March 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

An M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bracha Lichtenberg Ettinger initially worked as psychoanalyst in Israel and England. Although self taught, she later decided to become a professional artist, eventually moving to Paris, where along with painting, drawing and photography, she also started writing and began serving as visiting professor at various European and Asian universities.