Ludwig Klages

1872 - 1956

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Friedrich Konrad Eduard Wilhelm Ludwig Klages (10 December 1872 – 29 July 1956) was a German philosopher, psychologist, graphologist, poet, writer, and lecturer, who was a two-time nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. In the Germanosphere, he is considered one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century. He began his career as a research chemist according to his family's wishes, though soon returned to his passions for poetry, philosophy and classical studies. He held a post at the University of Munich, where in 1905 he founded the Psychodiagnostisches Seminar; the latter was forced to close in 1914 with the outbreak of World War I. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ludwig Klages has received more than 124,729 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Ludwig Klages is the 736th most popular philosopher (down from 632nd in 2019), the 2,270th most popular biography from Germany (down from 1,867th in 2019) and the 95th most popular Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Ludwig Klages ranks 736 out of 1,081Before him are Wonhyo, Leontion, Mario Bunge, Hossein Nasr, Anton Wilhelm Amo, and Helen Parkhurst. After him are Nikolai Amosov, Julien Benda, Eduard Zeller, George Ohsawa, Zhang Zai, and Henry of Ghent.

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Among people born in 1872, Ludwig Klages ranks 64Before him are Arsen Kotsoyev, Solomiya Krushelnytska, Albert Sarraut, Traian Vuia, Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme, and Luigi Orione. After him are Princess Maria Ludwiga Theresia of Bavaria, Hàm Nghi, Theodor Lessing, Wilhelm Ohnesorge, Momčilo Tapavica, and Heber Doust Curtis. Among people deceased in 1956, Ludwig Klages ranks 77Before him are Jimmie Angel, Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich of Russia, Alexander Gretchaninov, Harold Bride, Helmer Hanssen, and Ernest King. After him are Julien Benda, Mikheil Gelovani, Hermann Abendroth, Felix Bernstein, George Sarton, and Jean Metzinger.

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Among people born in Germany, Ludwig Klages ranks 2,270 out of 6,142Before him are Princess Helena Adelaide of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1888), Alexander Lippisch (1894), William, Prince of Wied (1845), Princess Alexandra of Bavaria (1826), Johann Hieronymus Schröter (1745), and Adolphus Frederick II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1658). After him are Casimir, Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach (1481), Princess Maria Ludwiga Theresia of Bavaria (1872), Leopold II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau (1700), Gerhard Gentzen (1909), Edwin Freiherr von Manteuffel (1809), and Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin (1684).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Ludwig Klages ranks 95Before him are Hermann Samuel Reimarus (1694), Theodor Lipps (1851), Helmuth Plessner (1892), Alfred Schmidt (1931), Rudolph Goclenius (1547), and Johann Heinrich Alsted (1588). After him are Albert of Saxony (1316), Arnold Ruge (1802), Paul de Lagarde (1827), Philipp Mainländer (1841), Johannes Agricola (1494), and Friedrich Pollock (1894).