Nelson Goodman

1906 - 1998

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Henry Nelson Goodman (7 August 1906 – 25 November 1998) was an American philosopher, known for his work on counterfactuals, mereology, the problem of induction, irrealism, and aesthetics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nelson Goodman has received more than 301,471 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Nelson Goodman is the 455th most popular philosopher (up from 459th in 2019), the 1,390th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,481st in 2019) and the 10th most popular American Philosopher.

Nelson Goodman is most famous for his book, "Ways of Worldmaking." In this book, Goodman argues that the world is not a given, but rather something that is created by human beings.

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Over the past year Nelson Goodman has had the most page views in the with 31,656 views, followed by French (7,061), and Spanish (6,156). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Catalan (218.94%), Piedmontese (98.70%), and Danish (73.98%)


Among philosophers, Nelson Goodman ranks 455 out of 1,267Before him are Vasishtha, Luce Irigaray, Maine de Biran, Gianni Vattimo, Lucilio Vanini, and Paul Natorp. After him are Michel Serres, Philodemus, Martha Nussbaum, Priscian, Victor Cousin, and Vittorino da Feltre.

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Among people born in 1906, Nelson Goodman ranks 65Before him are André Weil, Philip Johnson, Hans Aumeier, Ettore Majorana, Fredric Brown, and Anthony Mann. After him are Chandra Shekhar Azad, Luis Federico Leloir, Douglas McGregor, Zhou Youguang, Carol Reed, and Gusztáv Sebes. Among people deceased in 1998, Nelson Goodman ranks 35Before him are André Weil, Lúcio Costa, Kenichi Fukui, Galina Ulanova, Bob Kane, and Derek Barton. After him are Florence Griffith Joyner, Martha Gellhorn, Conrad Schumann, Alan J. Pakula, Alan Hodgkin, and Imi Lichtenfeld.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Nelson Goodman ranks 1,390 out of 20,380Before him are John Jacob Astor IV (1864), John Zorn (1953), Annette Bening (1958), Henry Gantt (1861), David Duchovny (1960), and Sacagawea (1780). After him are Charles Chaplin Jr. (1925), Dwight Schultz (1947), John Brown (1800), James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834), Dirk Benedict (1945), and Don Cherry (1936).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, Nelson Goodman ranks 10Before him are Judith Butler (1956), Anne Sullivan (1866), Richard Rorty (1931), John Searle (1932), Hilary Putnam (1926), and Ronald Dworkin (1931). After him are Martha Nussbaum (1947), Daniel Dennett (1942), Willard Van Orman Quine (1908), Murray Bookchin (1921), Saul Kripke (1940), and Kenneth Waltz (1924).