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Karl Jaspers

1883 - 1969

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Karl Theodor Jaspers (, German: [kaʁl ˈjaspɐs] ; 23 February 1883 – 26 February 1969) was a German-Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher who had a strong influence on modern theology, psychiatry, and philosophy. After being trained in and practising psychiatry, Jaspers turned to philosophical inquiry and attempted to discover an innovative philosophical system. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Jaspers has received more than 884,899 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Karl Jaspers is the 69th most popular philosopher (down from 68th in 2019), the 74th most popular biography from Germany (up from 75th in 2019) and the 8th most popular German Philosopher.

Karl Jaspers is most famous for his philosophical work in the field of existentialism. He was a German psychiatrist and philosopher who was active in the 20th century. He was born in Oldenburg, Germany, on October 18, 1883, and died in Basel, Switzerland, on February 26, 1969.

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Among philosophers, Karl Jaspers ranks 69 out of 1,081Before him are Ludwig Feuerbach, Peter Abelard, George Berkeley, Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Arius, and Antonio Gramsci. After him are Rudolf Steiner, Ramakrishna, Epictetus, William of Ockham, Xenophanes, and Jürgen Habermas.

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Among people born in 1883, Karl Jaspers ranks 5Before him are Benito Mussolini, Franz Kafka, Coco Chanel, and John Maynard Keynes. After him are Walter Gropius, Khalil Gibran, Joseph Schumpeter, Anton Webern, Nikos Kazantzakis, Jaroslav Hašek, and Lev Kamenev. Among people deceased in 1969, Karl Jaspers ranks 3Before him are Ho Chi Minh and Dwight D. Eisenhower. After him are Walter Gropius, Theodor W. Adorno, Sharon Tate, Judy Garland, Franz von Papen, Kliment Voroshilov, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Liu Shaoqi, and Brian Jones.

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Among people born in Germany, Karl Jaspers ranks 74 out of 6,142Before him are Karl Lagerfeld (1933), Heinrich Hertz (1857), Helmut Kohl (1930), Albert, Prince Consort (1819), Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), and Franz Beckenbauer (1945). After him are Caspar David Friedrich (1774), Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714), Richard Strauss (1864), Heinz Guderian (1888), Heinrich Schliemann (1822), and Arminius (-17).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Karl Jaspers ranks 8Before him are Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770), Friedrich Engels (1820), Martin Heidegger (1889), Hannah Arendt (1906), Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), and Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762). After him are Jürgen Habermas (1929), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), Nicholas of Cusa (1401), Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Walter Benjamin (1892), and Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767).