Friedrich Schleiermacher

1768 - 1834

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Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher (German: [ˈfʁiːdʁɪç ˈʃlaɪɐˌmaχɐ]; November 21, 1768 – February 12, 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 595,584 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Friedrich Schleiermacher is the 167th most popular philosopher (down from 159th in 2019), the 54th most popular biography from Poland (down from 47th in 2019) and the 5th most popular 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 167 out of 1,081Before him are Max Stirner, Mikhail Bakhtin, Padmasambhava, Alcuin, Cesare Beccaria, and Carl Schmitt. After him are Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Marshall McLuhan, Paul Ricœur, Chrysippus, Porphyry, and Max Scheler.

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Among people born in 1768, Friedrich Schleiermacher ranks 7Before him are Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, Joseph Fourier, Joseph Bonaparte, François-René de Chateaubriand, Charlotte Corday, and Frederick VI of Denmark. After him are Karađorđe, Louis Desaix, Jean-Baptiste Bessières, Édouard Mortier, Duke of Trévise, Caroline of Brunswick, and Lazare Hoche. Among people deceased in 1834, Friedrich Schleiermacher ranks 4Before him are Thomas Robert Malthus, Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette, and Pedro I of Brazil. After him are Joseph Marie Jacquard, Sunjo of Joseon, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Fath-Ali Shah Qajar, Alois Senefelder, William Carey, Karl Ludwig Harding, and Husein Gradaščević.

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Among people born in Poland, Friedrich Schleiermacher ranks 54 out of 1,454Before him are Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), Paul Ehrlich (1854), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), Władysław III of Poland (1424), Klaus Kinski (1926), and Otto Stern (1888). After him are Eric of Pomerania (1381), Ferdinand Lassalle (1825), Casimir III the Great (1310), Andrzej Wajda (1926), Bolesław I the Brave (967), and Emil von Behring (1854).


Among philosophers born in Poland, Friedrich Schleiermacher ranks 5Before him are Arthur Schopenhauer (1788), Johann Gottfried Herder (1744), Ernst Cassirer (1874), and Christian Wolff (1679). After him are Jakob Böhme (1575), Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1512), Alfred Tarski (1901), Günther Anders (1902), Paul Tillich (1886), Heinrich Rickert (1863), and Leszek Kołakowski (1927).