Lev Shestov

1866 - 1938

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Lev Isaakovich Shestov (Russian: Лев Исаа́кович Шесто́в; 31 January [O.S. 13 February] 1866 – 19 November 1938), born Yehuda Leib Shvartsman (Russian: Иегуда Лейб Шварцман), was a Russian existentialist and religious philosopher. He is best known for his critiques of both philosophic rationalism and scientism. 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 277,409 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Lev Shestov is the 345th most popular philosopher (up from 351st in 2019), the 101st most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 98th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular 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 345 out of 1,081Before him are Antoine Arnauld, Juan Luis Vives, Jacques Rancière, Edgar Morin, Martianus Capella, and Strato of Lampsacus. After him are Yi I, E. H. Carr, Wang Yangming, Hermann Cohen, Pietro Pomponazzi, and Richard Rorty.

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Among people born in 1866, Lev Shestov ranks 24Before him are Charles Nicolle, Ramsay MacDonald, Emilio De Bono, Archduke Franz Salvator of Austria, George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, and Antoine Meillet. After him are Butch Cassidy, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Léon Bakst, Nathan Söderblom, and Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich of Russia. Among people deceased in 1938, Lev Shestov ranks 30Before him are Osip Mandelstam, Vasily Blyukher, Christian Lous Lange, Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, Bruno Taut, and Franz I, Prince of Liechtenstein. After him are Nikolai Kondratiev, Feodor Chaliapin, Otto Bauer, Nikolai Trubetzkoy, Hans Christian Gram, and Ernst vom Rath.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Lev Shestov ranks 101 out of 1,083Before him are Nestor the Chronicler (1056), Reinhold Glière (1874), Lee Strasberg (1901), Ivan Paskevich (1782), Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki (1640), and Marie Bashkirtseff (1858). After him are Nikolai Tikhonov (1905), Alexander Archipenko (1887), Emil Gilels (1916), Sergei Bondarchuk (1920), Milla Jovovich (1975), and Stepan Makarov (1848).


Among philosophers born in Ukraine, Lev Shestov ranks 3Before him are Nikolai Berdyaev (1874) and Anacharsis (-700). After him are P. D. Ouspensky (1878), Bion of Borysthenes (-325), Alexius Meinong (1853), Theophan Prokopovich (1681), Mykhailo Drahomanov (1841), Yuriy Drohobych (1450), Hugo Kołłątaj (1750), Georges Florovsky (1893), and Ber Borochov (1881).