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 139,645 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi is the 315th most popular philosopher (up from 333rd in 2019), the 657th most popular biography from Germany (up from 693rd in 2019) and the 45th 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 315 out of 1,089Before him are Andronicus of Rhodes, David Strauss, Synesius, Sebastian Brant, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl, and Houston Stewart Chamberlain. After him are Alexander of Aphrodisias, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi, Francisco Suárez, Thrasymachus, and Euclid of Megara.

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Among people born in 1743, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi ranks 12Before him are Alessandro Cagliostro, Marquis de Condorcet, Toussaint Louverture, Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria, Martin Heinrich Klaproth, and Edmund Cartwright. After him are Carl Peter Thunberg, Nicolai Abildgaard, René Just Haüy, Gavrila Derzhavin, William I, Elector of Hesse, and Louis Claude de Saint-Martin. Among people deceased in 1819, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi ranks 6Before him are James Watt, Charles IV of Spain, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher, Maria Luisa of Parma, and Kamehameha I. After him are Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia, Daniel Rutherford, August von Kotzebue, Honoré IV, Prince of Monaco, and Jean-Mathieu-Philibert Sérurier.

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Among people born in Germany, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi ranks 657 out of 5,289Before him are Gustav Heinemann (1899), Maria Barbara Bach (1684), John, Elector of Saxony (1468), Peter Kürten (1883), Curd Jürgens (1915), and Hans Georg Dehmelt (1922). After him are Hans Fallada (1893), Otto Grotewohl (1894), Johann Joachim Quantz (1697), Theodor Morell (1886), Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner (1780), and Hugo Ball (1886).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi ranks 45Before him are Bruno Bauer (1809), Hugh of Saint Victor (1096), Adam of Bremen (null), Johann Reuchlin (1455), Rudolf Bultmann (1884), and David Strauss (1808). After him are Hermann Cohen (1842), Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann (1842), Moses Hess (1812), Wilhelm Windelband (1848), Karl Rahner (1904), and Rudolf Otto (1869).