Max Stirner

1806 - 1856

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Johann Kaspar Schmidt (25 October 1806 – 26 June 1856), known professionally as Max Stirner, was a German post-Hegelian philosopher, dealing mainly with the Hegelian notion of social alienation and self-consciousness. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Max Stirner has received more than 2,097,461 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Max Stirner is the 148th most popular philosopher (up from 159th in 2019), the 225th most popular biography from Germany (up from 253rd in 2019) and the 25th most popular German Philosopher.

Max Stirner is most famous for his book "The Ego and His Own." In this book, he argues that the individual should not submit to any external authority, including the state, the church, or any other social institution.

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Among philosophers, Max Stirner ranks 148 out of 1,267Before him are Porphyry, Emanuel Swedenborg, Edith Stein, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, Christian Wolff, and Hippasus. After him are György Lukács, Louis Althusser, Adi Shankara, Max Scheler, Clement of Alexandria, and Herbert Marcuse.

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Among people born in 1806, Max Stirner ranks 2Before him is John Stuart Mill. After him are Augustus De Morgan, Benito Juárez, Catherine Labouré, Emilia Plater, Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia, Otto Wilhelm Hermann von Abich, Omar Pasha, William Webb Ellis, and Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov. Among people deceased in 1856, Max Stirner ranks 4Before him are Robert Schumann, Heinrich Heine, and Amedeo Avogadro. After him are Adolphe Adam, Nikolai Lobachevsky, Paul Delaroche, Ivan Paskevich, Étienne Cabet, Ľudovít Štúr, 11th Dalai Lama, and Théodore Chassériau.

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Among people born in Germany, Max Stirner ranks 225 out of 7,253Before him are Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756), Justus von Liebig (1803), Eduard Bernstein (1850), Walter Ulbricht (1893), Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710), and Hans Zimmer (1957). After him are J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), Matthias Grünewald (1480), Johann Pachelbel (1653), Johannes Stark (1874), Magda Goebbels (1901), and Otto von Guericke (1602).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Max Stirner ranks 25Before him are Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Baron d'Holbach (1723), Oswald Spengler (1880), Wilhelm Dilthey (1833), Edith Stein (1891), and Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714). After him are Max Scheler (1874), Herbert Marcuse (1898), Carl Schmitt (1888), Ferdinand Tönnies (1855), Max Horkheimer (1895), and Athanasius Kircher (1602).