Frederick Copleston

1907 - 1994

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Frederick Charles Copleston (10 April 1907 – 3 February 1994) was an English Jesuit Catholic priest, philosopher, and historian of philosophy, best known for his influential multi-volume A History of Philosophy (1946–75). Copleston achieved a degree of popularity in the media for debating the existence of God with Bertrand Russell in a celebrated 1948 BBC broadcast; the following year he debated logical positivism and the meaningfulness of religious language with his friend the analytic philosopher A. J. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frederick Copleston has received more than 161,567 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. Frederick Copleston is the 880th most popular philosopher (down from 848th in 2019), the 2,233rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 2,053rd in 2019) and the 58th most popular British Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Frederick Copleston ranks 880 out of 1,089Before him are Vincenzo Gioberti, Vasily Rozanov, Egon Friedell, Philippa Foot, Jean-Luc Marion, and Josef Pieper. After him are Hugo Kołłątaj, Edmond Privat, Arthur Oncken Lovejoy, Józef Maria Bocheński, Feng Youlan, and Georges Florovsky.

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Among people born in 1907, Frederick Copleston ranks 150Before him are Gunnar Ekelöf, Alfred Delp, Grand Duchess Maria Kirillovna of Russia, Miguel Torga, Roman Rudenko, and Gene Autry. After him are Ramon Magsaysay, James A. Michener, Ethel Smith, Raymond Braine, Marcel Bezençon, and James M. Gavin. Among people deceased in 1994, Frederick Copleston ranks 144Before him are Zail Singh, John Osborne, Agathe Uwilingiyimana, Paul Grimault, Maria Carta, and Jiří Sobotka. After him are Anatoly Alexandrov, Aurora Mardiganian, Vitas Gerulaitis, Oldřich Černík, Stuart Roosa, and Yeshayahu Leibowitz.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Frederick Copleston ranks 2,233 out of 6,924Before him are Roger Williams (1603), Alan Lancaster (1949), James Galway (1939), Quentin Skinner (1940), Andrew Lang (1844), and William of Malmesbury (1080). After him are John Williams (1903), Michael Robinson (1958), Jonny Lee Miller (1972), Harold Spencer Jones (1890), John Evelyn (1620), and Roy Harrod (1900).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Frederick Copleston ranks 58Before him are Samuel Clarke (1675), Stephen Toulmin (1922), Michael Dummett (1925), F. H. Bradley (1846), Anne Conway (1631), and Philippa Foot (1920). After him are J. M. E. McTaggart (1866), John Hick (1922), Richard Swinburne (1934), Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke (1678), John Peckham (1227), and John Scott Haldane (1860).