Famous Swiss Philosophers

Find out more about the greatest Swiss Philosophers, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Carl Jung, Jean Piaget, Alain de Botton and Tariq Ramadan.

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 1 Carl Jung

Carl Jung
Famous As: Psychiatrist
Birthdate: July 26, 1875
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kesswil, Thurgau, Switzerland
Died: June 6, 1961

Widely regarded as the father of analytical psychology, Carl Jung is one of the most important contributors to symbolization and dream analysis. The concepts of socionics and a popular psychometric instrument called Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) were developed from Jung's theory. Apart from working as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung was also an artist, craftsman, builder, and prolific writer.

 2 Jean Piaget

Jean Piaget
Birthdate: August 9, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: September 16, 1980
Swiss psychologist and academic Jean Piaget is remembered for his work on child development and genetic epistemology, consisting of his theory of cognitive development. He also established the International Center for Genetic Epistemology and was the director of the International Bureau of Education. He was an honorary Harvard doctorate.

 3 Alain de Botton

Alain de Botton
Famous As: Philosopher, Author
Birthdate: December 20, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Swiss-born British philosopher and author, Alain de Botto,n is best known for his work, Essays in Love, which has sold millions of copies worldwide. He is one of the founders of the educational company, The School of Life, launched in 2008. He is a recipient of  "The Fellowship of Schopenhauer", an annual writers' award from the Melbourne Writers Festival. 

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 4 Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan
Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: August 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

 5 Jakob Ammann

Jakob Ammann
Famous As: Tailor
Birthdate: February 12, 1644
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Erlenbach im Simmental
Died: April 22, 2017

 6 Hans Urs von Balthasar

Hans Urs von Balthasar
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: August 12, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland
Died: June 26, 1988

 7 Hans Küng

Hans Küng
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Sursee
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 8 Alice Miller

Alice Miller
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: January 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland
Died: April 14, 2010

 9 Max Frisch

Max Frisch
Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: May 15, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: April 4, 1991

 10 Frithjof Schuon

Frithjof Schuon
Famous As: Metaphysician
Birthdate: June 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: May 5, 1998

 11 Johann Kaspar Lavater

Johann Kaspar Lavater
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 15, 1741
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: January 2, 1801

 12 Henri Frédéric Amiel

Henri Frédéric Amiel
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 27, 1821
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: May 11, 1881

 13 Paul Bernays

Paul Bernays
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: October 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
Died: September 18, 1977

Paul Bernays was a Swiss mathematician best remembered for his association with the German mathematician David Hilbert. Bernays is also remembered for making significant contributions to the philosophy of mathematics, axiomatic set theory, and mathematical logic. Paul Bernays is credited with publishing a two-volume work titled Grundlagen der Mathematik, which houses the famous Hilbert–Bernays paradox.

 14 Jean-André Deluc

Jean-André Deluc
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: February 8, 1727
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: November 7, 1817

 15 Johann Rudolf Wyss

Johann Rudolf Wyss
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 4, 1782
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland
Died: March 21, 1830

 16 Jean-Pierre de Crousaz

Jean-Pierre de Crousaz
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: April 13, 1663
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: March 22, 1750