214 BC - 129 BC

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Carneades (; Greek: Καρνεάδης, Karneadēs, "of Carnea"; 214/3–129/8 BC) was a Greek philosopher and perhaps the most prominent head of the Skeptical Academy in ancient Greece. He was born in Cyrene. By the year 159 BC, he had begun to attack many previous dogmatic doctrines, especially Stoicism and even the Epicureans whom previous skeptics had spared. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carneades has received more than 134,417 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. Carneades is the 272nd most popular philosopher (down from 265th in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Libya (down from 11th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Libyan Philosopher.

Carneades was most famous for his defense of the thesis that nothing can be known with certainty.

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Among philosophers, Carneades ranks 272 out of 1,089Before him are Gemistus Pletho, Vladimir Solovyov, Hugh of Saint Victor, Aristoxenus, Adam of Bremen, and Ammonius Saccas. After him are G. E. Moore, Sri Aurobindo, Cleanthes, François Fénelon, Johann Reuchlin, and Rudolf Bultmann.

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Among people born in 214 BC, Carneades ranks 1After him is Gaius Cassius Longinus. Among people deceased in 129 BC, Carneades ranks 2Before him is Scipio Aemilianus. After him are Antiochus VII Sidetes, Eumenes III, and Antipater of Tarsus.

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Among people born in Libya, Carneades ranks 13 out of 59Before him are Simon of Cyrene (-100), Callimachus (-310), Idris of Libya (1889), Omar Mukhtar (1858), Khalifa Haftar (1943), and Pope Victor I (100). After him are Berenice II of Egypt (-267), Synesius (370), Lorenzo Bandini (1935), Theodorus of Cyrene (-465), Rossana Podestà (1934), and Hegesias of Cyrene (-400).


Among philosophers born in Libya, Carneades ranks 3Before him are Arius (256) and Aristippus (-434). After him are Synesius (370), Hegesias of Cyrene (-400), Arete of Cyrene (-400), Anniceris (-400), Lucius Annaeus Cornutus (10), and Theodorus the Atheist (-340).