Johann Gottlieb Fichte

1762 - 1814

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Johann Gottlieb Fichte (; German: [ˈjoːhan ˈɡɔtliːp ˈfɪçtə]; 19 May 1762 – 29 January 1814) was a German philosopher who became a founding figure of the philosophical movement known as German idealism, which developed from the theoretical and ethical writings of Immanuel Kant. Recently, philosophers and scholars have begun to appreciate Fichte as an important philosopher in his own right due to his original insights into the nature of self-consciousness or self-awareness. Fichte was also the originator of thesis–antithesis–synthesis, an idea that is often erroneously attributed to Hegel. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johann Gottlieb Fichte has received more than 704,323 page views. His biography is available in 76 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 72 in 2019). Johann Gottlieb Fichte is the 60th most popular philosopher (up from 61st in 2019), the 64th most popular biography from Germany (up from 66th in 2019) and the 6th most popular German Philosopher.

Johann Gottlieb Fichte is most famous for his philosophy of transcendental idealism.

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Among philosophers, Johann Gottlieb Fichte ranks 60 out of 1,089Before him are Mikhail Bakunin, Lucretius, Empedocles, Pliny the Elder, Anaximander, and Peter Abelard. After him are George Berkeley, Ludwig Feuerbach, Rudolf Steiner, Arius, Edmund Husserl, and Herbert Spencer.

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Among people born in 1762, Johann Gottlieb Fichte ranks 2Before him is Catherine the Great. After him are George IV of the United Kingdom, Constanze Mozart, André Chénier, Pierre André Latreille, Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, Gia Long, Theroigne de Mericourt, Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas, and Jacques Balmat. Among people deceased in 1814, Johann Gottlieb Fichte ranks 3Before him are Marquis de Sade and Empress Joséphine. After him are Maria Carolina of Austria, Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, Benjamin Thompson, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Marie-Louise O'Murphy, Charles-Joseph, 7th Prince of Ligne, Frederick Christian II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg, Louis François Joseph, Prince of Conti, and Louis-Sébastien Mercier.

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Among people born in Germany, Johann Gottlieb Fichte ranks 64 out of 5,289Before him are Heinrich Hertz (1857), Frederick the Great (1712), Charles Bukowski (1920), Heinrich Heine (1797), William the Silent (1533), and Jacques Offenbach (1819). After him are Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Karl Lagerfeld (1933), Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), Erich Maria Remarque (1898), Erich von Manstein (1887), and Richard Strauss (1864).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Johann Gottlieb Fichte ranks 6Before him are Friedrich Nietzsche (1844), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), Friedrich Engels (1820), Martin Heidegger (1889), and Hannah Arendt (1906). After him are Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), Karl Jaspers (1883), Jürgen Habermas (1929), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), Nicholas of Cusa (1401), and Walter Benjamin (1892).