P. D. Ouspensky

1878 - 1947

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Pyotr Demianovich Ouspenskii (known in English as Peter D. Ouspensky; Russian: Пётр Демьянович Успенский, romanized: Pyotr Dem'yanovich Uspenskiy; 5 March 1878 – 2 October 1947), was a Russian esotericist known for his expositions of the early work of the Greek-Armenian teacher of esoteric doctrine George Gurdjieff. He met Gurdjieff in Moscow in 1915, and was associated with the ideas and practices originating with Gurdjieff from then on. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of P. D. Ouspensky has received more than 415,962 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). P. D. Ouspensky is the 430th most popular philosopher (up from 469th in 2019), the 129th most popular biography from Ukraine (up from 157th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Ukrainian Philosopher.

P. D. Ouspensky is most famous for his book, "In Search of the Miraculous," in which he shares his personal experiences with the writings of G. I. Gurdjieff and his system of self-development.

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Among philosophers, P. D. Ouspensky ranks 430 out of 1,089Before him are Paul Natorp, Alan Watts, Michel de Certeau, Vittorino da Feltre, Étienne Cabet, and Petrus Ramus. After him are Gaetano Mosca, Franciscus Patricius, Pierre Duhem, Pavel Florensky, Agrippa the Skeptic, and Ernest Gellner.

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Among people born in 1878, P. D. Ouspensky ranks 27Before him are Princess Ingeborg of Denmark, Alexander von Falkenhausen, Shigeru Yoshida, Arthur Scherbius, Clemens August Graf von Galen, and Louis Chevrolet. After him are Elizabeth Arden, Yakov Yurovsky, Archduchess Elisabeth Amalie of Austria, Eileen Gray, Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, and Jan Łukasiewicz. Among people deceased in 1947, P. D. Ouspensky ranks 46Before him are Herbert Backe, Huda Sha'arawi, Qazi Muhammad, Hjalmar Siilasvuo, Franz Böhme, and Albert Marquet. After him are Reynaldo Hahn, Hugh Lofting, Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, Franz Seldte, Heinrich Schwarz, and Franz Ritter von Epp.

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Among people born in Ukraine, P. D. Ouspensky ranks 129 out of 913Before him are Stanisław Jerzy Lec (1909), Gregory Skovoroda (1722), Theodosius Dobzhansky (1900), Sofia Rotaru (1947), Mikhail Kirponos (1892), and Vladimir Arnold (1937). After him are Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902), Nikolay Nekrasov (1821), Otto Preminger (1905), Shvarn (1230), Kunigunda of Halych (1245), and Nikolai Ryzhkov (1929).


Among philosophers born in Ukraine, P. D. Ouspensky ranks 4Before him are Nikolai Berdyaev (1874), Anacharsis (-700), and Lev Shestov (1866). After him are Bion of Borysthenes (-325), Alexius Meinong (1853), Theophan Prokopovich (1681), Hugo Kołłątaj (1750), Georges Florovsky (1893), and Ber Borochov (1881).