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Carl Gustav Hempel

1905 - 1997

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Carl Gustav "Peter" Hempel (January 8, 1905 – November 9, 1997) was a German writer, philosopher, logician, and epistemologist. He was a major figure in logical empiricism, a 20th-century movement in the philosophy of science. He is especially well known for his articulation of the deductive-nomological model of scientific explanation, which was considered the "standard model" of scientific explanation during the 1950s and 1960s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carl Gustav Hempel has received more than 225,199 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Carl Gustav Hempel is the 420th most popular philosopher (down from 409th in 2019), the 1,065th most popular biography from Germany (down from 993rd in 2019) and the 57th most popular German Philosopher.

Carl Gustav Hempel is most famous for designing the Nazi flag.

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Among philosophers, Carl Gustav Hempel ranks 420 out of 1,081Before him are Boetius of Dacia, Alain de Lille, Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Bernard of Chartres, Ernest Gellner, and Vincent of Beauvais. After him are Ernesto Laclau, Leszek Kołakowski, Maine de Biran, Buddhaghosa, Peter Sloterdijk, and Chantal Mouffe.

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Among people born in 1905, Carl Gustav Hempel ranks 46Before him are Prince John of the United Kingdom, Harry Harlow, Otto Preminger, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Albert Pierrepoint, and Takashi Shimura. After him are Erwin Chargaff, Lale Andersen, Emmanuel Mounier, Kurt Gerstein, Sada Abe, and Barnett Newman. Among people deceased in 1997, Carl Gustav Hempel ranks 52Before him are Charles Brenton Huggins, Georg Solti, Louis, Prince Napoléon, Cornelius Castoriadis, Bulat Okudzhava, and Gerda Christian. After him are Stéphane Grappelli, Eugene Merle Shoemaker, Amado Carrillo Fuentes, Alexander R. Todd, Yuri Nikulin, and Miguel Najdorf.

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Among people born in Germany, Carl Gustav Hempel ranks 1,065 out of 6,142Before him are Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709), Rainer Weiss (1932), Karl von Bülow (1846), Johann Jakob Froberger (1616), Caroline of Brunswick (1768), and Gerhard Herzberg (1904). After him are Killing of Peter Fechter (1944), Levin August von Bennigsen (1745), Christina of Saxony (1461), Princess Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg (1797), Harald Schumacher (1954), and Helmut Schön (1915).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Carl Gustav Hempel ranks 57Before him are Gershom Scholem (1897), Karl Rahner (1904), Johannes Althusius (1563), Paul Natorp (1854), Christian Thomasius (1655), and Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach (1775). After him are Peter Sloterdijk (1947), Hans Reichenbach (1891), Franz Rosenzweig (1886), Henry Suso (1295), Ernst Troeltsch (1865), and Leo Strauss (1899).