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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 1,917,568 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Max Stirner is the 161st most popular philosopher (up from 178th in 2019), the 253rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 274th in 2019) and the 28th 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 161 out of 1,081Before him are John Wycliffe, Louis Althusser, Ernst Cassirer, Christian Wolff, Adam Weishaupt, and Ferdinand Tönnies. After him are Mikhail Bakhtin, Padmasambhava, Alcuin, Cesare Beccaria, Carl Schmitt, and Friedrich Schleiermacher.

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Among people born in 1806, Max Stirner ranks 2Before him is John Stuart Mill. After him are Augustus De Morgan, Catherine Labouré, Benito Juárez, Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Emilia Plater, Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia, Omar Pasha, William Webb Ellis, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller. Among people deceased in 1856, Max Stirner ranks 4Before him are Robert Schumann, Heinrich Heine, and Amedeo Avogadro. After him are Nikolai Lobachevsky, Adolphe Adam, Paul Delaroche, Ivan Paskevich, Ľudovít Štúr, Étienne Cabet, Florestan I, Prince of Monaco, and Manuela Sáenz.

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Among people born in Germany, Max Stirner ranks 253 out of 6,142Before him are Friedrich Ratzel (1844), Adam Weishaupt (1748), Ferdinand Tönnies (1855), Ernst Jünger (1895), Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk (1887), and Elizabeth Charlotte, Madame Palatine (1652). After him are Julius Streicher (1885), Helmut Schmidt (1918), Justus von Liebig (1803), Maria Sibylla Merian (1647), Adolf von Baeyer (1835), and Carl Schmitt (1888).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Max Stirner ranks 28Before him are Wilhelm Dilthey (1833), Edith Stein (1891), Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714), Herbert Marcuse (1898), Adam Weishaupt (1748), and Ferdinand Tönnies (1855). After him are Carl Schmitt (1888), Max Scheler (1874), Max Horkheimer (1895), Athanasius Kircher (1602), Rudolf Carnap (1891), and Moses Mendelssohn (1729).