Saturday, 10 January 2009

Philosophy and Chess - Philosopher Chess Player-Writers



Below is a list of philosophers who have either been active chess players or discussed chess in their philosophical writings. The list is by no means complete, and will be updated as further philosophers come to mind.

Ayer, Alfred (1910-1989)

Bacon, Sir Francis (1561-1626)


Dennett, Daniel C
(1942- )

Dreyfuss, Hubert (1929- )

Fowles, John (1926-2005) ... link

Gödel, Kurt (1906-1978)


Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von (1749-1832)


Hume, David (1711-1776)


Kierkegaard, Soren (1813-1855) ... link

MacIntyre, Alasdair ... (external link)

Mill, John Stuart (1806-1873)


Peirce, Charles (1839-1914)


Pirsig, Robert M. (1928-)
... link

Pigliucci, Massimo (1964-)


Robin, Richard Shale


Rousseau, Jean-Jacques (1712-1778)


Russell, Bertrand (1872-1970)


Santayana, George (1863-1952)


Sartre, Jean-Paul (1905-1980)

Schiller, Johann Friedrich (1759-1805)

Vallicella, William F. (Maverick Philosopher)

Voltaire (1694-1778)


Wittgenstein, Ludwig (1889-1951)



And some notable amateur philosophers:
If anyone knows of any other philosophers who should be on this list, I would like to hear from you.

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