LGBTQ Philosophers



Through the ages, the study of Philosophy has encompassed all human issues, such as morals, ethics, governance, logic, metaphysics, epistemology, psychology, sociology, as well as the roles of sexuality and desire, so it is natural that the LGBTQ community have ranked high among the world’s philosophers.

Because it includes the realms of the political and the religious, there have been many times that LGBTQ philosophers and their writings have clashed with persons of authority in these areas. For example, Italian LGBTQ philosopher, Tommaso Campanella, spent 27 years in a Spanish jail, where he wrote his greatest works.

The most notable component of philosophy relevant to the LGBTQ community may be the evolution of Queer Theory. France’s Guy Hocquenghem is considered the father of Queer Theory. Many other well-known LGBTQ philosophers include: Michel Foucault, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Judith Butler.

The American Association of Philosophy publishes a newsletter on LGBTQ issues in philosophy, and The Society for Lesbian and Gay Philosophy has existed since 1998.

This list should be read in conjunction with Greek Philosophers, and their LGBTQ Scholars, which profiles a subset of LGBTQ philosophers.

Queerbio have identified notable LGBTQ philosophers, and teachers of philosophy, from Austria, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Italy, Ivory Coast, Rome, Spain, Sweden, Syria, and the United States.

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