Johann Georg Hamann

1730 - 1788

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Johann Georg Hamann (; German: [ˈhaːman]; August 27, 1730 – June 21, 1788) was a German Lutheran philosopher from Königsberg known as “the Wizard of the North” who was one of the leader figures of post-Kantian philosophy. His work was used by his student J. G. Herder as the main support of the Sturm und Drang movement, and is associated with the Counter-Enlightenment and Romanticism.He introduced Kant, also from Königsberg, to the works of both Hume – waking him from his "dogmatic slumber" – and Rousseau. Hamann was influenced by Hume, but he used his views to argue for rather than against Christianity.Goethe and Kierkegaard were among those who considered him to be the finest mind of his time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johann Georg Hamann has received more than 175,869 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Johann Georg Hamann is the 348th most popular philosopher (down from 321st in 2019), the 284th most popular biography from Russia (down from 241st in 2019) and the 6th most popular Russian Philosopher.

Johann Georg Hamann is most famous for his work as a philosopher, theologian, and literary critic. He is often considered the father of modern literary criticism.

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Among philosophers, Johann Georg Hamann ranks 348 out of 1,089Before him are Moses Hess, Juan Luis Vives, Isaac Abarbanel, Judith Butler, Miskawayh, and Strato of Lampsacus. After him are Ronald Dworkin, Edgar Morin, Lev Shestov, Han Yu, Richard Rorty, and Antoine Arnauld.

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Among people born in 1730, Johann Georg Hamann ranks 3Before him are Alexander Suvorov and Charles Messier. After him are Étienne Bézout, Jan Ingenhousz, Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova, Josiah Wedgwood, Prince Francis Xavier of Saxony, Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia, Antonio Sacchini, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, and William Hamilton. Among people deceased in 1788, Johann Georg Hamann ranks 9Before him are Thomas Gainsborough, Charles Edward Stuart, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, Maurice Quentin de La Tour, and Giovanni Antonio Scopoli. After him are Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, Infante Gabriel of Spain, Duchess Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Nicole-Reine Lepaute, José, Prince of Brazil, and Charles Christian, Prince of Nassau-Weilburg.

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Among people born in Russia, Johann Georg Hamann ranks 284 out of 2,688Before him are Aleksandr Lyapunov (1857), Nikolay Karamzin (1766), Fyodor Tolbukhin (1894), Iziaslav I of Kiev (1024), Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia (1843), and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow (1946). After him are Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich of Russia (1827), Andrey Markov (1856), Alexej von Jawlensky (1864), Ivan II of Moscow (1326), Grand Duke Michael Nikolaevich of Russia (1832), and Kirill Meretskov (1897).


Among philosophers born in Russia, Johann Georg Hamann ranks 6Before him are Immanuel Kant (1724), Mikhail Bakunin (1814), Mikhail Bakhtin (1895), Georgi Plekhanov (1856), and Vladimir Solovyov (1853). After him are Yuri Lotman (1922), Alexandre Kojève (1902), Alexandre Koyré (1892), Lev Gumilyov (1912), Sergei Bulgakov (1871), and Johann Christoph Gottsched (1700).