Karl Kautsky

1854 - 1938

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Karl Johann Kautsky (; German: [ˈkaʊtski]; 16 October 1854 – 17 October 1938) was a Czech-Austrian philosopher, journalist, and Marxist theorist. A leading theorist of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) and the Second International, Kautsky advocated orthodox Marxism, which emphasized the scientific, materialist, and determinist character of Karl Marx's work. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Kautsky has received more than 691,574 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Karl Kautsky is the 177th most popular philosopher (down from 173rd in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Czechia (down from 34th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Czech Philosopher.

Karl Kautsky is most famous for his theories on the development of socialism. He postulated that capitalism would be replaced by socialism, which would eventually be replaced by communism.

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Over the past year Karl Kautsky has had the most page views in the with 99,990 views, followed by Russian (42,140), and German (25,756). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Ido (251.72%), Kirghiz (74.48%), and Southern Azerbaijani (62.22%)


Among philosophers, Karl Kautsky ranks 177 out of 1,267Before him are Al-Ash'ari, Mikhail Bakhtin, Claude Adrien Helvétius, Xun Kuang, Ernest Renan, and Proclus. After him are Posidonius, Pierre Bayle, Paul Ricœur, José Ortega y Gasset, Julien Offray de La Mettrie, and Marquis de Condorcet.

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Among people born in 1854, Karl Kautsky ranks 8Before him are Arthur Rimbaud, Pope Benedict XV, Henri Poincaré, Leoš Janáček, Emil von Behring, and Paul Ehrlich. After him are Henri La Fontaine, James George Frazer, Paul Sabatier, Milan I of Serbia, Georges Picquart, and George Eastman. Among people deceased in 1938, Karl Kautsky ranks 13Before him are Nikolai Bukharin, Kanō Jigorō, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabriele D'Annunzio, Béla Kun, and Faustina Kowalska. After him are Alexei Rykov, Suzanne Valadon, Genrikh Yagoda, Carl von Ossietzky, Robert Johnson, and Muhammad Iqbal.

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Among people born in Czechia, Karl Kautsky ranks 39 out of 1,200Before him are Hans Kelsen (1881), Leoš Janáček (1854), Ottokar II of Bohemia (1233), Jan Palach (1948), Miloš Zeman (1944), and Klement Gottwald (1896). After him are Emil Zátopek (1922), Max Brod (1884), Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (907), Bernard Bolzano (1781), Adolf Loos (1870), and Madeleine Albright (1937).


Among philosophers born in Czechia, Karl Kautsky ranks 4Before him are John Amos Comenius (1592), Edmund Husserl (1859), and Hans Kelsen (1881). After him are Bernard Bolzano (1781), Jerome of Prague (1379), Jan Patočka (1907), Vilém Flusser (1920), Karel Kosík (1926), Theodor Gomperz (1832), František Tomášek (1899), and Tomáš Halík (1948).