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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 295,604 page views. His biography is available in 31 different languages on Wikipedia. Nelson Goodman is the 464th most popular philosopher (down from 412th in 2019), the 1,481st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,208th in 2019) and the 12th 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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Among philosophers, Nelson Goodman ranks 464 out of 1,081Before him are Abul A'la Maududi, Ernst Troeltsch, Phaedo of Elis, Norberto Bobbio, Adam Ferguson, and Willard Van Orman Quine. After him are Pierre Duhem, Dhul-Nun al-Misri, Leo Strauss, George Pachymeres, Lev Gumilyov, and John Toland.

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Among people born in 1906, Nelson Goodman ranks 69Before him are André Weil, Muzafer Sherif, Douglas McGregor, Chandra Shekhar Azad, Heinz Harmel, and John Dickson Carr. After him are Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark, Janet Gaynor, Walter Rauff, Ivan Chernyakhovsky, Brigitte Helm, and Gusztáv Sebes. Among people deceased in 1998, Nelson Goodman ranks 41Before him are Otto Wichterle, Linda McCartney, Florence Griffith Joyner, Maria Reiche, Derek Barton, and Ernst-Günther Schenck. After him are Imi Lichtenfeld, Lloyd Bridges, Nizar Qabbani, Agostino Casaroli, James Earl Ray, and Cozy Powell.

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Among people born in United States, Nelson Goodman ranks 1,481 out of 18,182Before him are Edward Snowden (1983), Alan Ladd (1913), Richard Schiff (1955), Roy O. Disney (1893), Willard Van Orman Quine (1908), and Joseph Losey (1909). After him are Dean Koontz (1945), Cybill Shepherd (1950), Martin Balsam (1919), Lil Wayne (1982), Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934), and George Takei (1937).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, Nelson Goodman ranks 12Before him are Hilary Putnam (1926), Richard Rorty (1931), Daniel Dennett (1942), Judith Butler (1956), Ronald Dworkin (1931), and Willard Van Orman Quine (1908). After him are Martha Nussbaum (1947), Kenneth Waltz (1924), Tom Regan (1938), Murray Bookchin (1921), Saul Kripke (1940), and Arthur Danto (1924).