Lev Shestov

1866 - 1938

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Lev Isaakovich Shestov (Russian: Лев Исаа́кович Шесто́в, 1866 – 1938), born Yehuda Leib Shvartsman (Russian: Иегуда Лейб Шварцман), was a Russian existentialist philosopher, known for his "philosophy of despair". Born in Kiev (Russian Empire) on February 12 [O.S. January 31] 1866, he emigrated to France in 1921, fleeing from the aftermath of the October Revolution. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lev Shestov has received more than 209,318 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Lev Shestov is the 351st most popular philosopher (down from 345th in 2019), the 98th most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 97th 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 351 out of 1,089Before him are Judith Butler, Miskawayh, Strato of Lampsacus, Johann Georg Hamann, Ronald Dworkin, and Edgar Morin. After him are Han Yu, Richard Rorty, Antoine Arnauld, Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais, Yi I, and Wilhelm Windelband.

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Among people born in 1866, Lev Shestov ranks 23Before him are Charles Nicolle, Butch Cassidy, Jacinto Benavente, Léon Bakst, Ramsay MacDonald, and Nathan Söderblom. After him are Emilio De Bono, Antoine Meillet, Archduke Franz Salvator of Austria, George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, August von Wassermann, and Enrique Simonet. Among people deceased in 1938, Lev Shestov ranks 33Before him are Grand Duke Kirill Vladimirovich of Russia, Feodor Chaliapin, Nikolai Kondratiev, Hans Christian Gram, Cecilia Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and Franz I, Prince of Liechtenstein. After him are Suzanne Lenglen, Christian Lous Lange, Branislav Nušić, Otto Bauer, Alfonso, Prince of Asturias, and Nikolai Trubetzkoy.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Lev Shestov ranks 98 out of 913Before him are Jacob Frank (1726), Anacharsis (-700), Alexander Archipenko (1887), Andriy Shevchenko (1976), Vsevolod I of Kiev (1030), and Nestor the Chronicler (1056). After him are Anatoliy Solovianenko (1932), Nikolai Tikhonov (1905), Mamai (1335), Karol Szymanowski (1882), Emil Gilels (1916), and Alexander Dovzhenko (1894).


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), Hugo Kołłątaj (1750), Georges Florovsky (1893), and Ber Borochov (1881).