Francisco Ferrer

1859 - 1909

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Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia (Catalan pronunciation: [fɾənˈsɛsk fəˈrej ˈɣwaɾði.ə]; January 14, 1859 – October 13, 1909), widely known as Francisco Ferrer (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈθisko feˈreɾ]), was a Spanish radical freethinker, anarchist, and educationist behind a network of secular, private, libertarian schools in and around Barcelona. His execution, following a revolt in Barcelona, propelled Ferrer into martyrdom and grew an international movement of radicals and libertarians, who established schools in his model and promoted his schooling approach. Ferrer was raised on a farm near Barcelona, where he developed republican and anti-clerical convictions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Francisco Ferrer has received more than 126,921 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Francisco Ferrer is the 438th most popular philosopher (down from 434th in 2019), the 370th most popular biography from Spain (down from 362nd in 2019) and the 18th most popular Spanish Philosopher.

Francisco Ferrer was a Spanish anarchist who was involved in the anarchist movement in Spain. He founded the Escuela Moderna, which was an educational institution that promoted libertarian ideas. He was executed by the Spanish government in 1909.

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Over the past year Francisco Ferrer has had the most page views in the with 35,284 views, followed by English (19,965), and French (16,320). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Pashto (95.89%), Swedish (47.18%), and Bulgarian (47.06%)


Among philosophers, Francisco Ferrer ranks 438 out of 1,267Before him are Abul A'la Maududi, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Ronald Dworkin, Antoine Destutt de Tracy, Giles of Rome, and Ernest Gellner. After him are Emmanuel Mounier, Thomas Cajetan, Petrus Ramus, Johannes Althusius, Diogenes of Babylon, and Ernesto Laclau.

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Among people born in 1859, Francisco Ferrer ranks 26Before him are Pierre Janet, Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Hugo Junkers, Alexander Samsonov, Anna Ancher, and Venustiano Carranza. After him are Bertha Pappenheim, Pavel Milyukov, Francesc Macià, Prince Leopold, Duke of Brabant, Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich of Russia, and Théophile Steinlen. Among people deceased in 1909, Francisco Ferrer ranks 18Before him are Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia, Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, Emil Erlenmeyer, Zinovy Rozhestvensky, Besarion Jughashvili, and Felice Beato. After him are Carlos, Duke of Madrid, Red Cloud, Paul Gachet, Abdul Karim, Princess Marie of Orléans, and Naftali Herz Imber.

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In Spain

Among people born in Spain, Francisco Ferrer ranks 370 out of 3,355Before him are José María Aznar (1953), Fernando Torres (1984), Bernardino de Sahagún (1499), Ramiro I of Aragon (1008), Achila II (695), and Juan de la Cosa (1460). After him are Ordoño II of León (873), Erwig (642), David Villa (1981), Fernando Hierro (1968), Rosalía de Castro (1837), and Anthony Mary Claret (1807).


Among philosophers born in Spain, Francisco Ferrer ranks 18Before him are Arnaldus de Villa Nova (1240), Francisco de Vitoria (1483), Juan Luis Vives (1492), Pompeia Plotina (65), Nachmanides (1194), and George Santayana (1863). After him are Hasdai Crescas (1340), Luis de Molina (1535), María Zambrano (1904), Joseph Albo (1380), Juan Caramuel y Lobkowitz (1606), and Melchor Cano (1509).