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Johann Gottfried Herder

1744 - 1803

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Johann Gottfried von Herder ( HUR-dər, German: [ˈjoːhan ˈɡɔtfʁiːt ˈhɛʁdɐ]; 25 August 1744 – 18 December 1803) was a German philosopher, theologian, poet, and literary critic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johann Gottfried Herder has received more than 828,914 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Johann Gottfried Herder is the 94th most popular philosopher (down from 88th in 2019), the 15th most popular biography from Poland (up from 16th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Polish Philosopher.

Johann Gottfried Herder was a German philosopher, theologian, and poet. He is most famous for his philosophy of nationalism, which he believed was the natural state of humanity.

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Among philosophers, Johann Gottfried Herder ranks 94 out of 1,081Before him are Athanasius of Alexandria, Boethius, Leucippus, John of Damascus, Zeno of Citium, and Tertullian. After him are Anaximenes of Miletus, Walter Benjamin, Mencius, Zhuang Zhou, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and Isidore of Seville.

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Among people born in 1744, Johann Gottfried Herder ranks 2Before him is Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. After him are Frederick William II of Prussia, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Pierre Méchain, Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg, Abigail Adams, Infanta Maria Josefa of Spain, Prince Charles of Hesse-Kassel, Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, and Marianna Martines. Among people deceased in 1803, Johann Gottfried Herder ranks 1After him are Toussaint Louverture, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Cardinal de Rohan, Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia, Franz Xaver Süssmayr, Louis I of Etruria, Samuel Adams, Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Vittorio Alfieri, and Louis Claude de Saint-Martin.

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Among people born in Poland, Johann Gottfried Herder ranks 15 out of 1,454Before him are Paul von Hindenburg (1847), David Ben-Gurion (1886), L. L. Zamenhof (1859), Fritz Haber (1868), Günter Grass (1927), and Wernher von Braun (1912). After him are Manfred von Richthofen (1892), Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (1686), Janusz Korczak (1878), Stanisław Lem (1921), Fedor von Bock (1880), and Erich Ludendorff (1865).


Among philosophers born in Poland, Johann Gottfried Herder ranks 2Before him are Arthur Schopenhauer (1788). After him are Ernst Cassirer (1874), Christian Wolff (1679), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768), Jakob Böhme (1575), Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1512), Alfred Tarski (1901), Günther Anders (1902), Paul Tillich (1886), Heinrich Rickert (1863), and Leszek Kołakowski (1927).