Lev Shestov

1866 - 1938

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Lev Isaakovich Shestov (Russian: Лев Исаакович Шестов; 31 January [O.S. 13 February] 1866 – 19 November 1938; born Yeguda Lev Shvartsman) was a Jewish-Russian existentialist and religious philosopher. He is best known for his critiques of both philosophic rationalism and positivism. His work advocated a movement beyond reason and metaphysics, arguing that these are incapable of conclusively establishing truth about ultimate problems, including the nature of God or existence. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lev Shestov has received more than 358,508 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Lev Shestov is the 337th most popular philosopher (up from 341st in 2019), the 105th most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 101st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Ukrainian Philosopher.

Lev Shestov was a Russian philosopher who was most famous for his book "Tolstoy and Dostoevsky: A Study in Dostoevsky's Attitude Toward Reality."

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Among philosophers, Lev Shestov ranks 337 out of 1,267Before him are Wang Yangming, Justus Lipsius, Asanga, Thrasymachus, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, and A. S. Neill. After him are Anne Sullivan, David Strauss, Guan Zhong, Aenesidemus, Francisco de Vitoria, and Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi.

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Among people born in 1866, Lev Shestov ranks 19Before him are Hans von Seeckt, Aleksandr Ulyanov, Charles Nicolle, Ferruccio Busoni, Jacinto Benavente, and Beatrix Potter. After him are Anne Sullivan, Ramsay MacDonald, Nathan Söderblom, Emilio De Bono, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, and Ambroise Vollard. Among people deceased in 1938, Lev Shestov ranks 28Before him are Christian Lous Lange, Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Bruno Taut, Vasily Blyukher, Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia, and Maud of Wales. After him are Nikolai Kondratiev, Branislav Nušić, Thomas Wolfe, Suzanne Lenglen, Otto Bauer, and Hans Christian Gram.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Lev Shestov ranks 105 out of 1,365Before him are Reinhold Glière (1874), Roman Shukhevych (1907), Sergei Bondarchuk (1920), John Demjanjuk (1920), Nestor the Chronicler (1056), and Karol Szymanowski (1882). After him are Yevgeny Primakov (1929), Gregory Skovoroda (1722), Vsevolod I of Kiev (1030), Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki (1640), Lee Strasberg (1901), and Boris Shcherbina (1919).


Among philosophers born in Ukraine, Lev Shestov ranks 3Before him are Nikolai Berdyaev (1874), and Anacharsis (-700). After him are Bion of Borysthenes (-325), Zalmoxis (-713), Theophan Prokopovich (1681), Alexius Meinong (1853), Mykhailo Drahomanov (1841), Yuriy Drohobych (1450), Ber Borochov (1881), Hugo Kołłątaj (1750), and Georges Florovsky (1893).