Franz Xaver von Baader

1765 - 1841

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Franz von Baader (27 March 1765 – 23 May 1841), born Benedikt Franz Xaver Baader, was a German Catholic philosopher, theologian, physician, and mining engineer. Resisting the empiricism of his day, he denounced most Western philosophy since Descartes as trending into atheism and has been considered a revival of the Scholastic school. He was one of the most influential theologians of his age but his influence on subsequent philosophy has been less marked, and tends to be submerged into the esoteric discussions of later thinkers rather than cited explicitly in major publications. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Xaver von Baader has received more than 73,390 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Franz Xaver von Baader is the 654th most popular philosopher (down from 634th in 2019), the 1,919th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,901st in 2019) and the 89th most popular German Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Franz Xaver von Baader ranks 654 out of 1,267Before him are Ernst Moritz Arndt, María Zambrano, Johannes Bugenhagen, Eduard Zeller, Michael Walzer, and Louis Lavelle. After him are Diodorus Cronus, Florian Znaniecki, Paul Virilio, Johannes Nikolaus Tetens, Svetozar Marković, and Cebes.

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Among people born in 1765, Franz Xaver von Baader ranks 17Before him are Jacques MacDonald, Karl Ludwig Harding, José María Morelos, Michał Kleofas Ogiński, Carl Ludwig Willdenow, and Frederick Christian II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg. After him are Johann Friedrich Pfaff, Pierre Dupont de l'Étang, Jean-Baptiste Drouet, Comte d'Erlon, Charles Hatchett, Nguyễn Du, and Christiane Vulpius. Among people deceased in 1841, Franz Xaver von Baader ranks 18Before him are Ferdinando Carulli, Félix Savart, Tokugawa Ienari, Friedrich Parrot, Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and Bertrand Barère. After him are Felice Pasquale Baciocchi, Aloysius Bertrand, Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde, Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin, George Green, and Princess Augusta of Prussia.

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Among people born in Germany, Franz Xaver von Baader ranks 1,919 out of 7,253Before him are Ulrich von Hassell (1881), Frederick VII, Margrave of Baden-Durlach (1647), Simon Mayr (1763), Ulric Neisser (1928), Frederick of Utrecht (780), and William V, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel (1602). After him are Gustaf Gründgens (1899), Prince Konrad of Bavaria (1883), Otto von Lossow (1868), Barbara Sukowa (1950), Berthold, Duke of Merania (1153), and Friedrich Ebert Jr. (1894).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Franz Xaver von Baader ranks 89Before him are Theodor Lipps (1851), Philipp Mainländer (1841), Ernst Nolte (1923), Eugen Fink (1905), Friedrich Albert Lange (1828), and Ernst Moritz Arndt (1769). After him are Johannes Nikolaus Tetens (1736), Alfred Schmidt (1931), Rudolph Goclenius (1547), Johannes Sturm (1507), Helmuth Plessner (1892), and Ludwig Klages (1872).