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Nikolai Berdyaev

1874 - 1948

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Nikolai Alexandrovich Berdyaev (; Russian: Никола́й Алекса́ндрович Бердя́ев; 18 March [O.S. 6 March] 1874 – 24 March 1948) was a Russian philosopher, theologian, and Christian existentialist who emphasized the existential spiritual significance of human freedom and the human person. Alternative historical spellings of his surname in English include "Berdiaev" and "Berdiaeff", and of his given name "Nicolas" and "Nicholas". Russian paleontologist and Christian apologist Alexander V. Khramov (Borissiak Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ph.D. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nikolai Berdyaev has received more than 394,828 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Nikolai Berdyaev is the 241st most popular philosopher (up from 242nd in 2019), the 54th most popular biography from Ukraine and the most popular Ukrainian Philosopher.

Nikolai Berdyaev was a Russian philosopher and religious thinker. He is most famous for his book "The Meaning of the Creative Act" which discusses the importance of creativity in human life.

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Among philosophers, Nikolai Berdyaev ranks 241 out of 1,081Before him are Al-Jahiz, Josef Breuer, Iamblichus, Shen Kuo, Judah Loew ben Bezalel, and Epimenides. After him are Guy Debord, François Fénelon, Apollodorus of Athens, Ivan Illich, Thomas Carlyle, and Theano.

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Among people born in 1874, Nikolai Berdyaev ranks 22Before him are Carl Bosch, W. Somerset Maugham, Sunjong of Korea, Gertrude Stein, G. K. Chesterton, and Ernest Shackleton. After him are Talaat Pasha, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Nicholas Roerich, August Krogh, Gustav Holst, and Konstantin Päts. Among people deceased in 1948, Nikolai Berdyaev ranks 18Before him are Karl Brandt, Babe Ruth, Folke Bernadotte, Johannes Blaskowitz, Witold Pilecki, and Ruth Benedict. After him are Theodor Morell, Karl Gebhardt, Maria Mandl, Arthur Liebehenschel, Jan Masaryk, and Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta.

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Among people born in Ukraine, Nikolai Berdyaev ranks 54 out of 1,083Before him are Ilya Ehrenburg (1891), Anne of Kiev (1025), Vasily Grossman (1905), Lazar Kaganovich (1893), Sviatoslav Richter (1915), and Rodion Malinovsky (1898). After him are David Oistrakh (1908), Levi Eshkol (1895), Lesya Ukrainka (1871), Andrey Vyshinsky (1883), Nikolai Podgorny (1903), and Selman Waksman (1888).


Among philosophers born in Ukraine, Nikolai Berdyaev ranks 1After him are Anacharsis (-700), Lev Shestov (1866), P. D. Ouspensky (1878), Bion of Borysthenes (-325), Alexius Meinong (1853), Theophan Prokopovich (1681), Mykhailo Drahomanov (1841), Yuriy Drohobych (1450), Hugo Kołłątaj (1750), Georges Florovsky (1893), and Ber Borochov (1881).