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Franz Brentano

1838 - 1917

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Franz Clemens Honoratus Hermann Josef Brentano (; German: [bʁɛnˈtaːno]; 16 January 1838 – 17 March 1917) was a German philosopher and psychologist. His 1874 Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint, considered his magnum opus, is credited with having reintroduced the medieval scholastic concept of intentionality into contemporary philosophy. Originally a Catholic priest, Brentano withdrew from the priesthood in 1873 due to the dogmatic definition of papal infallibility in Pastor aeternus. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Brentano has received more than 477,620 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Franz Brentano is the 253rd most popular philosopher (down from 227th in 2019), the 514th most popular biography from Germany (down from 403rd in 2019) and the 35th most popular German Philosopher.

Franz Brentano was a philosopher who is most famous for his work on the theory of intentionality.

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Among philosophers, Franz Brentano ranks 253 out of 1,081Before him are Theano, Ibn al-Nafis, Celsus, Vyasa, Orosius, and Jacques Maritain. After him are Aśvaghoṣa, Vladimir Solovyov, Prodicus, Francisco Suárez, Ram Mohan Roy, and Hugh of Saint Victor.

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Among people born in 1838, Franz Brentano ranks 6Before him are John Wilkes Booth, Georges Bizet, Ernst Mach, Ferdinand von Zeppelin, and Max Bruch. After him are Tobias Asser, Luís I of Portugal, Jan Matejko, Prince Philippe, Count of Paris, Ernest Solvay, and Émile Loubet. Among people deceased in 1917, Franz Brentano ranks 15Before him are Adolf von Baeyer, Edward Burnett Tylor, Emil von Behring, Buffalo Bill, Emil Theodor Kocher, and John William Waterhouse. After him are Scott Joplin, Dragutin Dimitrijević, Ludwig Minkus, Ranavalona III, Hussein Kamel of Egypt, and Dadabhai Naoroji.

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Among people born in Germany, Franz Brentano ranks 514 out of 6,142Before him are Otto Carius (1922), Hans Adolf Krebs (1900), Otto Diels (1876), John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony (1503), Matthias Jakob Schleiden (1804), and Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg (1856). After him are Franz Bopp (1791), Albert, Duke of Prussia (1490), Heinrich Mann (1871), Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774), Rabanus Maurus (780), and Richard Willstätter (1872).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Franz Brentano ranks 35Before him are Carl Schmitt (1888), Max Scheler (1874), Max Horkheimer (1895), Athanasius Kircher (1602), Rudolf Carnap (1891), and Moses Mendelssohn (1729). After him are Hugh of Saint Victor (1096), Ernst Bloch (1885), Hans Jonas (1903), Bruno Bauer (1809), Rudolf Bultmann (1884), and Adam of Bremen (null).