Benedetto Croce

1866 - 1952

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Benedetto Croce, OCI, COSML (Italian: [beneˈdetto ˈkroːtʃe]; 25 February 1866 – 20 November 1952) was an Italian idealist philosopher, historian, and politician who wrote on numerous topics, including philosophy, history, historiography, and aesthetics. A political liberal in most regards, he formulated a distinction between liberalism (as support for civil liberties) and "liberism" (as support for laissez-faire economics and capitalism). Croce had considerable influence on other Italian intellectuals, from Marxists to Italian fascists, such as Antonio Gramsci and Giovanni Gentile, respectively. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benedetto Croce has received more than 575,365 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Benedetto Croce is the 214th most popular philosopher (up from 217th in 2019), the 564th most popular biography from Italy (down from 561st in 2019) and the 18th most popular Italian Philosopher.

Benedetto Croce was a philosopher and historian who is most famous for his philosophy of aesthetics.

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Among philosophers, Benedetto Croce ranks 214 out of 1,267Before him are Georgi Plekhanov, Julia Kristeva, Gabriel Marcel, Joseph de Maistre, Gaston Bachelard, and Rudolf Carnap. After him are Diogenes of Apollonia, Miguel de Unamuno, Imre Lakatos, George Herbert Mead, Julius Evola, and Josef Breuer.

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Among people born in 1866, Benedetto Croce ranks 10Before him are George Gurdjieff, Erik Satie, H. G. Wells, Antoine Meillet, Thomas Hunt Morgan, and Alfred Werner. After him are Giovanni Agnelli, Aby Warburg, Hans von Seeckt, Aleksandr Ulyanov, Charles Nicolle, and Ferruccio Busoni. Among people deceased in 1952, Benedetto Croce ranks 12Before him are Chaim Weizmann, Alexandra Kollontai, Wilm Hosenfeld, Paul Éluard, Karen Horney, and Sveinn Björnsson. After him are Elena of Montenegro, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, Sven Hedin, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Walter Schellenberg, and Khorloogiin Choibalsan.

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Among people born in Italy, Benedetto Croce ranks 564 out of 5,161Before him are Maria Anna of Savoy (1803), Maria Luisa of Parma (1751), Gentile Bellini (1429), Bonaventura Cavalieri (1598), Denis (210), and Philip of Swabia (1177). After him are Gregorio Allegri (1582), Giacomo Leopardi (1798), Propertius (-50), Claudio Ranieri (1951), Fausto Cercignani (1941), and Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Benedetto Croce ranks 18Before him are Tommaso Campanella (1568), Bonaventure (1221), Marsilio Ficino (1433), Giambattista Vico (1668), Hippasus (-600), and Cesare Beccaria (1738). After him are Julius Evola (1898), Marsilius of Padua (1275), Giorgio Agamben (1942), Theano (-600), Alcmaeon of Croton (-510), and Antonio Negri (1933).