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 21,188 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). John Austin is the 531st most popular philosopher (up from 563rd in 2019), the 1,146th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,179th in 2019) and the 34th most popular British Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, John Austin ranks 531 out of 1,089Before him are Bion of Borysthenes, Ahmad Sirhindi, Jean Vanier, Martha Nussbaum, Cristoforo Landino, and Vilém Flusser. After him are Henry Corbin, Luis de Molina, Ibn al-Rawandi, Gorakhnath, Louis Couturat, and Diogenes of Oenoanda.

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Among people born in 1790, John Austin ranks 13Before him are Sunjo of Joseon, Jules Dumont d'Urville, John Frederic Daniell, Nicolas Chauvin, Leopold, Grand Duke of Baden, and Robert Stirling. After him are Adolph Diesterweg, José Antonio Páez, Leopold, Prince of Salerno, Marquis de Custine, Gideon Mantell, and William Parry. Among people deceased in 1859, John Austin ranks 20Before him are Bettina von Arnim, Archduke John of Austria, Thomas De Quincey, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, John Brown, and Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. After him are Robert Stephenson, Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, Abd al-Rahman of Morocco, Louis Poinsot, Karl Baedeker, and Thomas Babington Macaulay.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, John Austin ranks 1,146 out of 6,924Before him are PJ Harvey (1969), George Porter (1920), James Stewart, 1st Earl of Moray (1531), Robert Hardy (1925), Charlotte Gainsbourg (1971), and Mungo Park (1771). After him are Carol Reed (1906), Twiggy (1949), Prince William, Duke of Cumberland (1721), Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax (1881), Ken Hensley (1945), and Olave Baden-Powell (1889).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, John Austin ranks 34Before him are Roger Scruton (1944), Alasdair MacIntyre (1929), Gilbert Ryle (1900), A. J. Ayer (1910), Adam Ferguson (1723), and Harriet Taylor Mill (1807). After him are Thomas Reid (1710), R. G. Collingwood (1889), David Hartley (1705), Alexander of Hales (1175), Antony Flew (1923), and Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623).