John Austin

1790 - 1859

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John Austin (3 March 1790 – 1 December 1859) was an English legal theorist who posthumously influenced British and American law with an analytical approach to jurisprudence and a theory of legal positivism. Austin opposed traditional approaches of "natural law", arguing against any need for connections between law and morality. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Austin has received more than 25,507 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). John Austin is the 560th most popular philosopher (up from 604th in 2019), the 1,143rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,338th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular British Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, John Austin ranks 560 out of 1,267Before him are Sergei Bulgakov, Al-Shahrastani, Eric Voegelin, Nicos Poulantzas, Manuel Chrysoloras, and Silvia Federici. After him are Liu Bowen, Tom Regan, Daisaku Ikeda, Zoilus, Bion of Borysthenes, and Alan Watts.

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Among people born in 1790, John Austin ranks 12Before him are John Tyler, George Everest, Jules Dumont d'Urville, Nicolas Chauvin, John Frederic Daniell, and Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden. After him are Robert Stirling, Marquis de Custine, Adolph Diesterweg, Gideon Mantell, Markos Botsaris, and José Antonio Páez. Among people deceased in 1859, John Austin ranks 21Before him are Archduke John of Austria, Thomas De Quincey, John Brown, Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and Abd al-Rahman of Morocco. After him are Thomas Babington Macaulay, Alfred Vail, Carl Adolph Agardh, Yoshida Shōin, Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi, and Louis Poinsot.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Austin ranks 1,143 out of 8,785Before him are William Bligh (1754), Angus Deaton (1945), Charles Bell (1774), Warren Hastings (1732), Allen Carr (1934), and Domnall mac Ailpín (812). After him are Lord Randolph Churchill (1849), Francis Walsingham (1532), Lord Alfred Douglas (1870), Evelyn Waugh (1903), Jeremy Clarkson (1960), and Kiefer Sutherland (1966).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, John Austin ranks 32Before him are Antony Flew (1923), Alasdair MacIntyre (1929), A. J. Ayer (1910), Paul Grice (1913), Roger Scruton (1944), and Harriet Taylor Mill (1807). After him are Alan Watts (1915), Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623), Thomas Reid (1710), R. G. Collingwood (1889), Alexander of Hales (1175), and David Hartley (1705).