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Nicholas of Cusa

1401 - 1464

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Nicholas of Cusa (1401 – 11 August 1464), also referred to as Nicholas of Kues and Nicolaus Cusanus (), was a German Catholic cardinal, philosopher, theologian, jurist, mathematician, and astronomer. One of the first German proponents of Renaissance humanism, he made spiritual and political contributions in European history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nicholas of Cusa has received more than 505,224 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Nicholas of Cusa is the 83rd most popular philosopher (down from 81st in 2019), the 101st most popular biography from Germany (down from 88th in 2019) and the 11th most popular German Philosopher.

Nicholas of Cusa is most famous for his work on the infinite and the infinitesimal.

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Among philosophers, Nicholas of Cusa ranks 83 out of 1,081Before him are Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Jeremy Bentham, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Roger Bacon, and Jean Bodin. After him are Nagarjuna, Gregory of Nazianzus, Carl von Clausewitz, Al-Kindi, Athanasius of Alexandria, and Boethius.

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Among people born in 1401, Nicholas of Cusa ranks 2Before him is Masaccio. After him are Francesco I Sforza, Catherine of Valois, Charles I, Duke of Bourbon, Emperor Shōkō, Albert III, Duke of Bavaria, Jacqueline, Countess of Hainaut, Maria of Castile, Queen of Aragon, Stephen Zápolya, George Sphrantzes, and Badi' al-Zaman Mirza. Among people deceased in 1464, Nicholas of Cusa ranks 1After him are Pope Pius II, Rogier van der Weyden, Cosimo de' Medici, Emperor Yingzong of Ming, Frederick II, Elector of Saxony, Blanche II of Navarre, Zagan Pasha, Bernardo Rossellino, Catherine of Poděbrady, Desiderio da Settignano, and Bartolomeo Bon.

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Among people born in Germany, Nicholas of Cusa ranks 101 out of 6,142Before him are Erik Erikson (1902), William Herschel (1738), Theodor Mommsen (1817), Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1050), Walter Gropius (1883), and Ernst Haeckel (1834). After him are Alfred Wegener (1880), Clara Schumann (1819), Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Carl Maria von Weber (1786), Nikolaus Otto (1832), and Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Nicholas of Cusa ranks 11Before him are Hannah Arendt (1906), Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), Karl Jaspers (1883), Jürgen Habermas (1929), and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775). After him are Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Walter Benjamin (1892), Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Meister Eckhart (1260), and Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776).