Oswald Spengler

1880 - 1936

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Oswald Arnold Gottfried Spengler (German: [ˈɔsvalt ˈʃpɛŋlɐ]; 29 May 1880 – 8 May 1936) was a German historian and philosopher of history whose interests included mathematics, science, and art and their relation to his organic theory of history. He is best known for his two-volume work, The Decline of the West (Der Untergang des Abendlandes), published in 1918 and 1922, covering all of world history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Oswald Spengler has received more than 1,119,928 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 59 in 2019). Oswald Spengler is the 125th most popular philosopher (down from 118th in 2019), the 165th most popular biography from Germany (down from 149th in 2019) and the 18th most popular German Philosopher.

Oswald Spengler is most famous for his book "The Decline of the West."

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Among philosophers, Oswald Spengler ranks 125 out of 1,089Before him are Charles Fourier, Hans-Georg Gadamer, John Wycliffe, Duns Scotus, Giambattista Vico, and Marsilio Ficino. After him are Henri de Saint-Simon, Martin Buber, Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, Joseph Priestley, Herbert Marcuse, and Ramon Llull.

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Among people born in 1880, Oswald Spengler ranks 6Before him are Helen Keller, Guillaume Apollinaire, Douglas MacArthur, Alfred Wegener, and Fedor von Bock. After him are Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Robert Musil, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, George Marshall, Franz Marc, and Ludwig Beck. Among people deceased in 1936, Oswald Spengler ranks 7Before him are Ivan Pavlov, Maxim Gorky, Federico García Lorca, Rudyard Kipling, George V, and Lu Xun. After him are Lev Kamenev, Ferdinand Tönnies, Luigi Pirandello, Grigory Zinoviev, Albert Fish, and G. K. Chesterton.

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Among people born in Germany, Oswald Spengler ranks 165 out of 5,289Before him are Frederick William I of Prussia (1688), Friedrich Wöhler (1800), Gerhard Schröder (1944), Walter Model (1891), Erich Raeder (1876), and Ferdinand von Zeppelin (1838). After him are Hans Frank (1900), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886), Otto Hahn (1879), Julius Lothar Meyer (1830), Herbert Marcuse (1898), and Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Oswald Spengler ranks 18Before him are Walter Benjamin (1892), Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767), Meister Eckhart (1260), and Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900). After him are Herbert Marcuse (1898), Edith Stein (1891), Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776), Baron d'Holbach (1723), Wilhelm Dilthey (1833), and Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846).