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John Scotus Eriugena

810 - 877

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John Scotus Eriugena, also known as Johannes Scotus Erigena, John the Scot, or John the Irish-born (c. 800 – c. 877) was an Irish Neoplatonist philosopher, theologian and poet of the Early Middle Ages. Bertrand Russell dubbed him "the most astonishing person of the ninth century". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Scotus Eriugena has received more than 306,587 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). John Scotus Eriugena is the 194th most popular philosopher (down from 176th in 2019), the 16th most popular biography from Ireland and the 2nd most popular Irish Philosopher.

John Scotus Eriugena is most famous for his work "Periphyseon" which is a commentary on the "Divine Names" of Pseudo-Dionysius.

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Among philosophers, John Scotus Eriugena ranks 194 out of 1,081Before him are Sextus Empiricus, Athanasius Kircher, Melissus of Samos, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, Ernest Renan, and Pierre Bayle. After him are Nicolas Malebranche, Xun Kuang, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Marquis de Condorcet, Georgi Plekhanov, and George Herbert Mead.

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Among people born in 810, John Scotus Eriugena ranks 4Before him are Muhammad al-Bukhari, Abbas ibn Firnas, and Pope Benedict III. After him are Halfdan the Black, Kenneth MacAlpin, Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir al-Farghani, Kassia, Emperor Xuanzong of Tang, Hastein, García Íñiguez of Pamplona, and Eulogius of Córdoba. Among people deceased in 877, John Scotus Eriugena ranks 3Before him are Charles the Bald and Halfdan Ragnarsson. After him are Causantín mac Cináeda, Ignatios of Constantinople, and Jayavarman III.

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Among people born in Ireland, John Scotus Eriugena ranks 16 out of 501Before him are Pierce Brosnan (1953), Bram Stoker (1847), Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769), William Rowan Hamilton (1805), Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet (1819), and Francis Bacon (1909). After him are Richard Harris (1930), Anne Bonny (1702), W. B. Yeats (1865), Ernest Shackleton (1874), Laurence Sterne (1713), and Enya (1961).


Among philosophers born in Ireland, John Scotus Eriugena ranks 2Before him are George Berkeley (1685). After him are John Toland (1670), James Ussher (1581), G. E. M. Anscombe (1919), and William Thompson (1775).