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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. Kautsky was one of the most authoritative promulgators of orthodox Marxism after the death of Friedrich Engels in 1895 until the outbreak of World War I in 1914. He was the most important socialist theorist during the years of the Second International. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Kautsky has received more than 585,771 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia. Karl Kautsky is the 176th most popular philosopher (up from 186th in 2019), the 34th most popular biography from Czechia (up from 35th 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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Among philosophers, Karl Kautsky ranks 176 out of 1,081Before him are Paul Ricœur, Chrysippus, Porphyry, Max Scheler, Jean Buridan, and Julien Offray de La Mettrie. After him are Solomon ibn Gabirol, José Ortega y Gasset, Pierre Gassendi, Max Horkheimer, Claude Adrien Helvétius, and Emmanuel Levinas.

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Among people born in 1854, Karl Kautsky ranks 7Before him are Oscar Wilde, Arthur Rimbaud, Pope Benedict XV, Henri Poincaré, Leoš Janáček, and Paul Ehrlich. After him are James George Frazer, Emil von Behring, Henri La Fontaine, Paul Sabatier, George Eastman, and Milan I of Serbia. Among people deceased in 1938, Karl Kautsky ranks 10Before him are Georges Méliès, Karel Čapek, Konstantin Stanislavski, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Béla Kun, and Nikolai Bukharin. After him are Faustina Kowalska, Charles Édouard Guillaume, Robert Johnson, Alexei Rykov, Gabriele D'Annunzio, and Carl von Ossietzky.

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Among people born in Czechia, Karl Kautsky ranks 34 out of 973Before him are Hans Kelsen (1881), Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850), Jan Žižka (1360), Jaroslav Hašek (1883), Leoš Janáček (1854), and Adolf Loos (1870). After him are Ottokar II of Bohemia (1233), Klement Gottwald (1896), Max Brod (1884), Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (907), Jan Palach (1948), and Emil Zátopek (1922).


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), Vilém Flusser (1920), Jan Patočka (1907), Karel Kosík (1926), Jan Mukařovský (1891), František Tomášek (1899), and Tomáš Halík (1948).