Lucilio Vanini

1585 - 1619

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Lucilio Vanini (1585 – 9 February 1619), who, in his works, styled himself Giulio Cesare Vanini, was an Italian philosopher, physician and free-thinker, who was one of the first significant representatives of intellectual libertinism. He was among the first modern thinkers who viewed the universe as an entity governed by natural laws (nomological determinism). He was also an early literate proponent of biological evolution, maintaining that humans and other apes have common ancestors. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lucilio Vanini has received more than 64,002 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Lucilio Vanini is the 416th most popular philosopher (down from 393rd in 2019), the 1,176th most popular biography from Italy (down from 1,066th in 2019) and the 32nd most popular Italian Philosopher.

Lucilio Vanini was a 17th century Italian atheist who was most famous for his book, "The Atheist's Tragedy."

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Among philosophers, Lucilio Vanini ranks 416 out of 1,089Before him are Hipparchia of Maroneia, Charles Taylor, Nelson Goodman, Siger of Brabant, Nicephorus Gregoras, and Étienne Gilson. After him are Archelaus, Eubulides, Francis Hutcheson, Norberto Bobbio, Ernesto Laclau, and John Philoponus.

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Among people born in 1585, Lucilio Vanini ranks 8Before him are Heinrich Schütz, Cornelius Jansen, Uriel da Costa, Hendrick Avercamp, John George I, Elector of Saxony, and Anna of Tyrol. After him are Zacharias Janssen, Jacob Le Maire, John Rolfe, Jacques Lemercier, Claude Favre de Vaugelas, and Johann Baptist Cysat. Among people deceased in 1619, Lucilio Vanini ranks 7Before him are Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor, Safiye Sultan, Anne of Denmark, Hans Lippershey, John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg, and Ludovico Carracci. After him are Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, Lawrence of Brindisi, Shimazu Yoshihiro, Hieronymus Fabricius, Denis Calvaert, and Marko Krizin.

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Among people born in Italy, Lucilio Vanini ranks 1,176 out of 4,088Before him are Alessandro Stradella (1643), Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma (1524), Romano Mussolini (1927), Niccolò Jommelli (1714), Mario Draghi (1947), and Primo Carnera (1906). After him are Palma Vecchio (1480), Lucio Dalla (1943), Mauro Giuliani (1781), Ettore Majorana (1906), Alessandro Allori (1535), and Maria Beatrice d'Este, Duchess of Massa (1750).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Lucilio Vanini ranks 32Before him are Elena Cornaro Piscopia (1646), Pietro Pomponazzi (1462), Antonio Negri (1933), Julius Caesar Scaliger (1484), Thomas Cajetan (1469), and Bartolus de Saxoferrato (1313). After him are Norberto Bobbio (1909), Vittorino da Feltre (1378), Gaetano Mosca (1858), Brunetto Latini (1220), Gianni Vattimo (1936), and Giovanni Girolamo Saccheri (1667).