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Johann Friedrich Herbart

1776 - 1841

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Johann Friedrich Herbart (German: [ˈhɛʁbaʁt]; 4 May 1776 – 14 August 1841) was a German philosopher, psychologist and founder of pedagogy as an academic discipline. Herbart is now remembered amongst the post-Kantian philosophers mostly as making the greatest contrast to Hegel—in particular in relation to aesthetics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johann Friedrich Herbart has received more than 228,637 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Johann Friedrich Herbart is the 121st most popular philosopher (up from 137th in 2019), the 152nd most popular biography from Germany (up from 187th in 2019) and the 17th most popular German Philosopher.

Johann Friedrich Herbart is most famous for his law of exercise, which states that learning occurs when the learner is able to make a connection between what they know and what they are learning.

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Among philosophers, Johann Friedrich Herbart ranks 121 out of 1,081Before him are Gilles Deleuze, John Venn, Bodhidharma, Al-Tabari, George Gurdjieff, and Emil Cioran. After him are Antisthenes, Ramon Llull, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Tommaso Campanella, and Marsilio Ficino.

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Among people born in 1776, Johann Friedrich Herbart ranks 3Before him are Amedeo Avogadro and E. T. A. Hoffmann. After him are Sophie Germain, John Constable, Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Caroline of Baden, Ioannis Kapodistrias, Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary, Şehzade Abdullah, Johann Wilhelm Ritter, and Jean-Pierre Boyer. Among people deceased in 1841, Johann Friedrich Herbart ranks 1After him are Mikhail Lermontov, William Henry Harrison, Nicolas Appert, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Caroline of Baden, Augustin Pyramus de Candolle, Ferdinando Carulli, Johan August Arfwedson, Claude Victor-Perrin, Duc de Belluno, Friedrich Sertürner, and Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

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Among people born in Germany, Johann Friedrich Herbart ranks 152 out of 6,142Before him are Franz von Papen (1879), Walter Model (1891), Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), Frederick William III of Prussia (1770), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714), and Alois Alzheimer (1864). After him are Friedrich Ebert (1871), Pope Joan (null), Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), Georg Simmel (1858), Max Müller (1823), and Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Johann Friedrich Herbart ranks 17Before him are Nicholas of Cusa (1401), Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Walter Benjamin (1892), Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), and Meister Eckhart (1260). After him are Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), Oswald Spengler (1880), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Baron d'Holbach (1723), Wilhelm Dilthey (1833), and Edith Stein (1891).