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Gallery of Philosophers

Have you ever wondered what the thinkers you read look or looked like? This is where you can find out. Of course, the faces of some figures are imagined by artists, but that's all part of the fun. There are some other people in the mix here besides philosophers, and there are also some pictures of manuscripts, towns, or other things connected with various thinkers.


Raphael's "School of Athens" fresco (with representations of several philosophers) in the Vatican (also see what probably is a preliminary sketch for this fresco or else a sculpture made afterwards here)

The four rooms in this gallery are:

Ancient Western Thinkers

Medieval Western Thinkers

Early Modern Western Thinkers

Late Modern Western Thinkers

Of course, the distinction between philosophers and theologians is quite meaningless at many times and places but that does not prevent arbitrary assignment of a thinker to one group or the other! For pictures of theologians and other thinkers, visit the other galleries (see the menu of galleries to the left).

NOTE: I do not hold copyright for any of these pictures. I present them here solely for the purpose of allowing students to see pictures of the authors they read and not for use in any commercial venture. All have been floating around the web for years and I assume, and have every reason to believe, either that they are in the public domain or that their use here is covered by fair-use guidelines, and that their presentation here on my website is neither financially unfair to anyone nor legally improper. If I am mistaken in any of these assumptions, I would appreciate being alerted, and I will withdraw the offending picture from the gallery immediately.

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