Friedrich Schleiermacher

1768 - 1834

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Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher (German: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈʃlaɪɐˌmaxɐ]; 21 November 1768 – 12 February 1834) was a German Reformed theologian, philosopher, and biblical scholar known for his attempt to reconcile the criticisms of the Enlightenment with traditional Protestant Christianity. He also became influential in the evolution of higher criticism, and his work forms part of the foundation of the modern field of hermeneutics. Because of his profound effect on subsequent Christian thought, he is often called the "Father of Modern Liberal Theology" and is considered an early leader in liberal Christianity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Friedrich Schleiermacher has received more than 752,749 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia. Friedrich Schleiermacher is the 156th most popular philosopher (up from 164th in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Poland (up from 54th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Polish Philosopher.

Friedrich Schleiermacher is most famous for his theological work, and for being the father of modern hermeneutics.

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Among philosophers, Friedrich Schleiermacher ranks 156 out of 1,267Before him are Louis Althusser, Adi Shankara, Max Scheler, Clement of Alexandria, Herbert Marcuse, and Carl Schmitt. After him are John Rawls, Ferdinand Tönnies, John Wycliffe, Hippias, Chrysippus, and Sextus Empiricus.

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Among people born in 1768, Friedrich Schleiermacher ranks 6Before him are Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, Joseph Fourier, Joseph Bonaparte, François-René de Chateaubriand, and Charlotte Corday. After him are Frederick VI of Denmark, Karađorđe, Louis Desaix, Caroline of Brunswick, Lazare Hoche, and Marie-Guillemine Benoist. Among people deceased in 1834, Friedrich Schleiermacher ranks 4Before him are Thomas Robert Malthus, Pedro I of Brazil, and Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette. After him are Joseph Marie Jacquard, Sunjo of Joseon, Fath-Ali Shah Qajar, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Alois Senefelder, William Carey, François-Adrien Boieldieu, and Husein Gradaščević.

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Among people born in Poland, Friedrich Schleiermacher ranks 48 out of 1,694Before him are Otto Stern (1888), Bronisław Malinowski (1884), Arthur Rubinstein (1887), Casimir Funk (1884), Rudolf Clausius (1822), and Rudolf Virchow (1821). After him are Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941), Casimir III the Great (1310), Gerhart Hauptmann (1862), Donald Tusk (1957), Emil von Behring (1854), and Klaus Kinski (1926).


Among philosophers born in Poland, Friedrich Schleiermacher ranks 6Before him are Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), Ernst Cassirer (1874), Zygmunt Bauman (1925), and Christian Wolff (1679). After him are Jakob Böhme (1575), Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1512), Alfred Tarski (1901), Günther Anders (1902), Paul Tillich (1886), and Heinrich Rickert (1863).