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Johann Georg Hamann

1730 - 1788

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Johann Georg Hamann (; German: [ˈhaːman]; 27 August 1730 – 21 June 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 236,247 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia. Johann Georg Hamann is the 369th most popular philosopher (down from 348th in 2019), the 323rd most popular biography from Russia (down from 283rd in 2019) and the 8th 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 369 out of 1,081Before him are Mulla Sadra, Ronald Dworkin, Edward de Bono, Günther Anders, Fukuzawa Yukichi, and Archelaus. After him are Moses Hess, Masanobu Fukuoka, H. L. A. Hart, Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples, Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann, and Gennadius Scholarius.

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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, Prince Augustus Ferdinand of Prussia, Prince Francis Xavier of Saxony, Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Antonio Sacchini, Pieter Boddaert, and Josiah Wedgwood. Among people deceased in 1788, Johann Georg Hamann ranks 8Before him are Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, Charles Edward Stuart, Thomas Gainsborough, Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, and Maurice Quentin de La Tour. After him are Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, Armand de Vignerot du Plessis, Infante Gabriel of Spain, José, Prince of Brazil, Duchess Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, and Nicole-Reine Lepaute.

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Among people born in Russia, Johann Georg Hamann ranks 323 out of 3,262Before him are Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933), Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin (1855), Georgy Chicherin (1872), Alexandre Kojève (1902), Ilia II of Georgia (1933), and George Balanchine (1904). After him are Simeon of Moscow (1316), Leonid Hurwicz (1917), Eduard Khil (1934), Igor Smirnov (1941), Nikolay Pirogov (1810), and Olga Nikolaevna of Russia (1822).


Among philosophers born in Russia, Johann Georg Hamann ranks 8Before him are Mikhail Bakunin (1814), Mikhail Bakhtin (1895), Georgi Plekhanov (1856), Vladimir Solovyov (1853), Alexandre Koyré (1892), and Alexandre Kojève (1902). After him are Yuri Lotman (1922), Lev Gumilyov (1912), Sergei Bulgakov (1871), Ivan Ilyin (1883), Johann Christoph Gottsched (1700), and Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov (1829).