List of Catholic philosophers and theologians

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This is a list of Catholic philosophers and theologians whose Catholicism is important to their works. Their names are ordered chronologically from earliest to latest in time based on their dates of birth.


To make for easier reading, this list of philosophers are subdivided into various philosophical movements and time periods based on the dates they were philosophically active (For example: Nicholas Malabranche is categorized here as a “1670-1914 Enlightenment and Colonial era philosopher” as he wrote his seminal work “Concerning the Search after Truth” in 1674) in order to give a rough sense of influence between thinkers.

Patristic Philosophers (c. 30-476)

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Clement of Rome
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Ambrose of Milan
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Augustine of Hippo

Early Medieval Philosophers (c.476-1000)

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Gregory the Great
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Bede the Venerable

Scholastic Philosophers (c.1000-1492)

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Bernard of Clairvaux
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Thomas Aquinas

Renaissance and Counter Reformation Philosophers (c.1492-1670)

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Theresa of Ávila
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René Descartes

Enlightenment and Colonial Era Philosophers (c.1670-1914)

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Alphonsus Liguori
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Portrait of Newman by John Everett Millais, 1881
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Max Scheler

Modern Philosophers (c.1914-present)

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G.K Chesterton
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Edith Stein
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Benedict XVI

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