Karl Rahner

1904 - 1984

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Karl Rahner (5 March 1904 – 30 March 1984) was a German Jesuit priest and theologian who, alongside Henri de Lubac, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Yves Congar, is considered to be one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Rahner has received more than 529,566 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Karl Rahner is the 383rd most popular philosopher (up from 386th in 2019), the 943rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 946th in 2019) and the 52nd most popular German Philosopher.

Karl Rahner was a catholic theologian who is most famous for his work in the area of systematic theology. He is also noted for his work in the area of Christian spirituality.

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Among philosophers, Karl Rahner ranks 383 out of 1,267Before him are Gennadius Scholarius, Hilary Putnam, Masanobu Fukuoka, John of Salisbury, Plutarch of Athens, and Saadia Gaon. After him are George Santayana, J. L. Austin, E. H. Carr, Mulla Sadra, Paul Tillich, and Peter Singer.

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Among people born in 1904, Karl Rahner ranks 47Before him are Odilo Globočnik, Joseph Campbell, Nikolai Ostrovsky, Clifford D. Simak, Otto Robert Frisch, and Héctor Castro. After him are Nikolai Kuznetsov, John Gielgud, Gerhard Herzberg, George Balanchine, František Plánička, and Charles J. Pedersen. Among people deceased in 1984, Karl Rahner ranks 34Before him are Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet, Dmitry Ustinov, Stanley Milgram, Vicente Aleixandre, Philippe Ariès, and Viktor Shklovsky. After him are Pierre Gemayel, Tito Gobbi, Kim Il, Henri Michaux, Oskar Werner, and Yigael Yadin.

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Among people born in Germany, Karl Rahner ranks 943 out of 7,253Before him are Princess Wilhelmine of Baden (1788), Hendrik Goltzius (1558), Christina of Saxony (1461), Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony (1867), Joanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp (1712), and Frederick II, Elector of Saxony (1412). After him are Dorothea of Brandenburg (1430), Johann Friedrich Gmelin (1748), Friedrich Ludwig Jahn (1778), Horst Buchholz (1933), Johann Adolph Hasse (1699), and Michael Ballack (1976).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Karl Rahner ranks 52Before him are Moses Hess (1812), Hermann Cohen (1842), David Strauss (1808), Wilhelm Windelband (1848), Gershom Scholem (1897), and Leo Strauss (1899). After him are Karl Robert Eduard von Hartmann (1842), Christian Thomasius (1655), Paul Johann Anselm Ritter von Feuerbach (1775), Peter Sloterdijk (1947), Franz Rosenzweig (1886), and Henry Suso (1295).