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Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (; Dutch: [ˌdeːziˈdeːriʏs eˈrɑsmʏs]; English: Erasmus of Rotterdam or Erasmus; 28 October c.1466 – 12 July 1536) was a Dutch Christian humanist, Catholic theologian, educationalist, satirist and philosopher. Through his vast number of translations, books, essays, prayers and letters, he is considered one of the most influential thinkers of the Northern Renaissance and one of the major figures of Dutch and Western culture.He was an important figure in classical scholarship who wrote in a spontaneous, copious and natural Latin style. As a Catholic priest developing humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament, which raised questions that would be influential in the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erasmus has received more than 3,557,195 page views. His biography is available in 94 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 93 in 2019). Erasmus is the 25th most popular philosopher (down from 24th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Netherlands (up from 5th in 2019) and the most popular Dutch Philosopher.

Erasmus is most famous for his work in the field of humanism. He believed that the Bible should be available to everyone and not just priests and monks. He also believed that people should be able to read the Bible in their own language.

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Among philosophers, Erasmus ranks 25 out of 1,081Before him are Montesquieu, Thomas Hobbes, Democritus, Arthur Schopenhauer, Epicurus, and Seneca the Younger. After him are Auguste Comte, Friedrich Engels, Averroes, Heraclitus, Parmenides, and Baruch Spinoza.

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Among people born in 1466, Erasmus ranks 1After him are Elizabeth of York, Moctezuma II, Andrea Doria, Quentin Matsys, Alonso de Ojeda, Şehzade Ahmet, Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua, Giovanni Sforza, Ottaviano Petrucci, and Ashikaga Yoshitane. Among people deceased in 1536, Erasmus ranks 1After him are Anne Boleyn, Catherine of Aragon, Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, William Tyndale, Germaine of Foix, Baldassare Peruzzi, Francis III, Duke of Brittany, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, Garcilaso de la Vega, Cecilia Gallerani, and John of Leiden.

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In Netherlands

Among people born in Netherlands, Erasmus ranks 4 out of 1,427Before him are Vincent van Gogh (1853), Rembrandt (1606), and Johannes Vermeer (1632). After him are Baruch Spinoza (1632), Pieter Bruegel the Elder (1525), Piet Mondrian (1872), Hieronymus Bosch (1450), Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (1632), Johan Cruyff (1947), Christiaan Huygens (1629), and Hugo Grotius (1583).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In Netherlands

Among philosophers born in Netherlands, Erasmus ranks 1After him are Baruch Spinoza (1632), Jacobus Arminius (1560), Rodolphus Agricola (1443), Jacob Moleschott (1822), Dirck Coornhert (1522), Thomas van Erpe (1584), and Bas van Fraassen (1941).