Jürgen Habermas

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Jürgen Habermas (UK: , US: ; German: [ˈjʏʁɡn̩ ˈhaːbɐmaːs]; born 18 June 1929) is a German philosopher and sociologist in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. His work addresses communicative rationality and the public sphere. Associated with the Frankfurt School, Habermas's work focuses on the foundations of epistemology and social theory, the analysis of advanced capitalism and democracy, the rule of law in a critical social-evolutionary context, albeit within the confines of the natural law tradition, and contemporary politics, particularly German politics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jürgen Habermas has received more than 1,800,721 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Jürgen Habermas is the 71st most popular philosopher (down from 69th in 2019), the 78th most popular biography from Germany (down from 77th in 2019) and the 9th most popular German Philosopher.

Jürgen Habermas is most famous for his work in the philosophy of language and communicative action. He is also known for his theories of democracy and the public sphere.

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Among philosophers, Jürgen Habermas ranks 71 out of 1,089Before him are Edmund Husserl, Herbert Spencer, Ramakrishna, Karl Jaspers, Antonio Gramsci, and William of Ockham. After him are Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Jeremy Bentham, Anaxagoras, Roger Bacon, Claude Lévi-Strauss, and Epictetus.

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Among people born in 1929, Jürgen Habermas ranks 8Before him are Audrey Hepburn, Yasser Arafat, Martin Luther King Jr., Milan Kundera, Bud Spencer, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. After him are Sergio Leone, Max von Sydow, Lev Yashin, Grace Kelly, Imre Kertész, and Jean Baudrillard.

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Among people born in Germany, Jürgen Habermas ranks 78 out of 5,289Before him are Charles the Bald (823), Heinrich Schliemann (1822), Caspar David Friedrich (1774), Karl Jaspers (1883), Martin Bormann (1900), and Wilhelm Keitel (1882). After him are Friedrich Paulus (1890), Clara Zetkin (1857), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), Franz Beckenbauer (1945), Gerd Müller (1945), and Albert Speer (1905).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Jürgen Habermas ranks 9Before him are Friedrich Engels (1820), Martin Heidegger (1889), Hannah Arendt (1906), Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), and Karl Jaspers (1883). After him are Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), Nicholas of Cusa (1401), Walter Benjamin (1892), Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), and Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767).