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. The names are ordered by date of birth in order to give a rough sense of influence between thinkers.

Ancient (born before 500 AD)[edit]

Early Medieval (born between 500 AD and 1100 AD)[edit]


High Medieval (born between 1100 AD and 1450 AD)[edit]

Thomas Aquinas

Renaissance and Early Modern (born between 1450 AD and 1750 AD)[edit]

René Descartes

Late Modern (born between 1750 AD and 1900 AD)[edit]

Portrait of Newman by John Everett Millais, 1881
Max Scheler
Stein in 1938 or 1939

Twentieth and Twenty-first Century[edit]

Mortimer J. Adler
Joseph Ratzinger
Alasdair MacIntyre in 2009

See also[edit]


  • The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, (Second Edition). Cambridge University Press; 1999. ISBN 0-521-63722-8
  • Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Second Edition). Martin Gale; 2006. ISBN 0-02-865780-2
  • The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford University Press; 1995. ISBN 0-19-866132-0
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Routledge; 1998. ISBN 978-0-415-07310-3
  • Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. January 16, 2010