Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi

1743 - 1819

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Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (German: [jaˈkoːbi]; 25 January 1743 – 10 March 1819) was an influential German philosopher, literary figure, and socialite. He is notable for popularizing nihilism, a term coined by Obereit in 1787, and promoting it as the prime fault of Enlightenment thought particularly in the philosophical systems of Baruch Spinoza, Immanuel Kant, Johann Fichte and Friedrich Schelling. Jacobi advocated Glaube (variously translated as faith or "belief") and revelation instead of speculative reason. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi has received more than 240,223 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi is the 268th most popular philosopher (up from 316th in 2019), the 567th most popular biography from Germany (up from 699th in 2019) and the 38th most popular German Philosopher.

Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi is most famous for his contributions to the philosophy of Immanuel Kant. Jacobi was one of the first philosophers to write against Kant's philosophy, and he believed that Kant's philosophy was flawed because it did not account for the reality of the human mind.

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Among philosophers, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi ranks 268 out of 1,267Before him are Nicole Oresme, Hans Jonas, Ammonius Saccas, Jerome of Prague, Raymond Aron, and Abraham ibn Ezra. After him are Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, Panaetius, Epimenides, Jacques Maritain, Heraclides Ponticus, and Alcmaeon of Croton.

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Among people born in 1743, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi ranks 9Before him are Madame du Barry, Jean-Paul Marat, Luigi Boccherini, Alessandro Cagliostro, Marquis de Condorcet, and Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria. After him are Martin Heinrich Klaproth, Toussaint Louverture, Nicolai Abildgaard, Carl Peter Thunberg, Edmund Cartwright, and René Just Haüy. Among people deceased in 1819, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi ranks 5Before him are James Watt, Charles IV of Spain, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, and Maria Luisa of Parma. After him are Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia, Kamehameha I, Daniel Rutherford, Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, August von Kotzebue, Erik Acharius, and Jean-Mathieu-Philibert Sérurier.

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Among people born in Germany, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi ranks 567 out of 7,253Before him are Wilhelm Mohnke (1911), Johann Georg Faust (1480), Gerd Binnig (1947), Hans von Seeckt (1866), Lion Feuchtwanger (1884), and Otto Carius (1922). After him are Johannes Rau (1931), Franz Boas (1858), Erich Kästner (1899), Cunigunde of Luxembourg (978), Adam Opel (1837), and Hans Georg Dehmelt (1922).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi ranks 38Before him are Moses Mendelssohn (1729), Adam Weishaupt (1748), Rudolf Carnap (1891), Ernst Bloch (1885), Hugh of Saint Victor (1096), and Hans Jonas (1903). After him are Bruno Bauer (1809), Johann Reuchlin (1455), Franz Brentano (1838), Carl Gustav Hempel (1905), Rudolf Bultmann (1884), and Rudolf Otto (1869).