Arthur Schopenhauer

1788 - 1860

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Arthur Schopenhauer ( SHOH-pən-how-ər, German: [ˈaʁtuːɐ̯ ˈʃoːpn̩haʊɐ] ; 22 February 1788 – 21 September 1860) was a German philosopher. He is known for his 1818 work The World as Will and Representation (expanded in 1844), which characterizes the phenomenal world as the manifestation of a blind and irrational noumenal will. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Arthur Schopenhauer has received more than 6,046,731 page views. His biography is available in 105 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 99 in 2019). Arthur Schopenhauer is the 20th most popular philosopher (up from 22nd in 2019), the 5th most popular biography from Poland and the most popular Polish Philosopher.

Arthur Schopenhauer is most famous for his philosophical work, The World as Will and Representation. He argues that the world is governed by the Will, which he defines as an irrational and insatiable force.

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Among philosophers, Arthur Schopenhauer ranks 20 out of 1,267Before him are Heraclitus, Thales of Miletus, Francis Bacon, Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. After him are Montesquieu, Democritus, Epicurus, Seneca the Younger, Friedrich Engels, and Averroes.

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Among people born in 1788, Arthur Schopenhauer ranks 2Before him is Lord Byron. After him are Sarah Baartman, Augustin-Jean Fresnel, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, Infante Carlos, Count of Molina, Jean-Victor Poncelet, Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, Princess Wilhelmine of Baden, Archduke Rudolf of Austria, and Étienne Cabet. Among people deceased in 1860, Arthur Schopenhauer ranks 1After him are Phineas Gage, Désirée Clary, Jérôme Bonaparte, Alexandra Feodorovna, Miloš Obrenović, Charles Goodyear, János Bolyai, Stéphanie de Beauharnais, Julia Pastrana, Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and Danilo I, Prince of Montenegro.

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Among people born in Poland, Arthur Schopenhauer ranks 5 out of 1,694Before him are Nicolaus Copernicus (1473), Frédéric Chopin (1810), Marie Curie (1867), and Pope John Paul II (1920). After him are Catherine the Great (1729), Rosa Luxemburg (1871), David Ben-Gurion (1886), Lech Wałęsa (1943), Paul von Hindenburg (1847), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), and Manfred von Richthofen (1892).


Among philosophers born in Poland, Arthur Schopenhauer ranks 1After him are Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), Ernst Cassirer (1874), Zygmunt Bauman (1925), Christian Wolff (1679), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768), Jakob Böhme (1575), Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1512), Alfred Tarski (1901), Günther Anders (1902), Paul Tillich (1886), and Heinrich Rickert (1863).