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Ernest Renan

1823 - 1892

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Joseph Ernest Renan (French: [ʁənɑ̃]; 27 February 1823 – 2 October 1892) was a French Orientalist and Semitic scholar, expert of Semitic languages and civilizations, historian of religion, philologist, philosopher, biblical scholar, and critic. He wrote influential and pioneering historical works on the origins of early Christianity, and espoused popular political theories especially concerning nationalism and national identity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ernest Renan has received more than 571,712 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia. Ernest Renan is the 192nd most popular philosopher (down from 168th in 2019), the 391st most popular biography from France (down from 346th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular French Philosopher.

Renan was a French philosopher and historian who is most famous for his work on the life of Jesus.

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Among philosophers, Ernest Renan ranks 192 out of 1,081Before him are Jakob Böhme, Muhammad Abduh, Sextus Empiricus, Athanasius Kircher, Melissus of Samos, and Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite. After him are Pierre Bayle, John Scotus Eriugena, Nicolas Malebranche, Xun Kuang, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and Marquis de Condorcet.

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Among people born in 1823, Ernest Renan ranks 5Before him are Abdulmejid I, Phineas Gage, Alfred Russel Wallace, and Max Müller. After him are Alexandre Cabanel, Gyula Andrássy, Leopold Kronecker, Sándor Petőfi, Édouard Lalo, Jean-Henri Fabre, and Li Hongzhang. Among people deceased in 1892, Ernest Renan ranks 5Before him are Walt Whitman, Werner von Siemens, Bahá'u'lláh, and Princess Ludovika of Bavaria. After him are Thomas Cook, Richard Owen, Édouard Lalo, Rudolf von Jhering, John Couch Adams, Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse, and Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia.

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Among people born in France, Ernest Renan ranks 391 out of 6,011Before him are Fernandel (1903), Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran (1845), Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645), Philip the Bold (1342), Robert Delaunay (1885), and Louis-Nicolas Davout (1770). After him are Stephen, King of England (1095), Claude Bernard (1813), Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725), Pierre Bayle (1647), Eugène François Vidocq (1775), and Paul Éluard (1895).


Among philosophers born in France, Ernest Renan ranks 22Before him are Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908), Paul Ricœur (1913), Jean Buridan (1295), Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), Pierre Gassendi (1592), and Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715). After him are Pierre Bayle (1647), Nicolas Malebranche (1638), Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Marquis de Condorcet (1743), Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714), and Gabriel Marcel (1889).