Hu Shih

1891 - 1962

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Hu Shih (Chinese: 胡適; pinyin: Hú Shì; Wade–Giles: Hu2 Shih4; 17 December 1891 – 24 February 1962), also known as Hu Suh in early references, was a Chinese diplomat, essayist, literary scholar, philosopher, and politician. Hu is widely recognized today as a key contributor to Chinese liberalism and language reform in his advocacy for the use of written vernacular Chinese. He was influential in the May Fourth Movement, one of the leaders of China's New Culture Movement, was a president of Peking University, and in 1939 was nominated for a Nobel Prize in literature. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hu Shih has received more than 325,755 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Hu Shih is the 545th most popular philosopher (up from 561st in 2019), the 407th most popular biography from China (up from 409th in 2019) and the 24th most popular Chinese Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Hu Shih ranks 545 out of 1,089Before him are Saul Kripke, Diogenes of Babylon, Manuel Chrysoloras, Dicaearchus, Metrodorus of Lampsacus, and Anaxarchus. After him are Bernardino Telesio, Chandrakirti, Marpa Lotsawa, Sergei Bulgakov, Conrad Celtes, and Eric Voegelin.

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Among people born in 1891, Hu Shih ranks 51Before him are Michael Polanyi, John Heartfield, Oswald Boelcke, Jacques Lipchitz, Moïse Kisling, and Otto Schmidt. After him are Takijirō Ōnishi, Lajos Zilahy, Bronislava Nijinska, Kurt von Tippelskirch, Gio Ponti, and Shizo Kanakuri. Among people deceased in 1962, Hu Shih ranks 51Before him are Shunroku Hata, Maximilian, Duke of Hohenberg, Vita Sackville-West, Kirsten Flagstad, André Lhote, and Natalia Sedova. After him are Lei Feng, Trygve Gulbranssen, Princess Helen of Serbia, Henri Wallon, Tod Browning, and Frank Borzage.

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Among people born in China, Hu Shih ranks 407 out of 1,186Before him are Zhang Xianzhong (1606), Gengshi Emperor (null), Princess Wencheng (628), Jia Sidao (1213), Mi Fu (1051), and Yang Kaihui (1901). After him are Marpa Lotsawa (1012), Emperor Guangzong of Song (1147), Bao Xishun (1951), Li Dazhao (1889), Mao Dun (1896), and Zhu Yousong (1607).


Among philosophers born in China, Hu Shih ranks 24Before him are Linji Yixuan (850), Dong Zhongshu (-179), Su Song (1020), Ouyang Xiu (1007), Ge Hong (284), and Huiyuan (334). After him are Marpa Lotsawa (1012), Zhang Daoling (34), Zhou Dunyi (1017), Zhiyi (538), Yang Xiong (-53), and Wang Bi (226).