Paulo Freire

1921 - 1997

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Paulo Reglus Neves Freire (19 September 1921 – 2 May 1997) was a Brazilian educator and philosopher who was a leading advocate of critical pedagogy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paulo Freire has received more than 1,734,835 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Paulo Freire is the 215th most popular philosopher (up from 218th in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from Brazil (up from 21st in 2019) and the most popular Brazilian Philosopher.

Paulo Freire is most famous for his book Pedagogy of the Oppressed. In this book, he argues that the oppressed are not only victims of the oppressors but also agents of their own liberation.

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Among philosophers, Paulo Freire ranks 215 out of 1,089Before him are Pelagius, Muhammad Abduh, Melissus of Samos, Gabriel Marcel, Miguel de Unamuno, and Swami Vivekananda. After him are Bernard Bolzano, Hasan al-Basri, Hippias, Imre Lakatos, Gaston Bachelard, and Diotima of Mantinea.

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Among people born in 1921, Paulo Freire ranks 22Before him are Hua Guofeng, Sophie Scholl, Simone Signoret, Giulietta Masina, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, and Gunnar Nordahl. After him are Nancy Reagan, Deborah Kerr, Patricia Highsmith, John Glenn, Gianni Agnelli, and Kenneth Arrow. Among people deceased in 1997, Paulo Freire ranks 16Before him are Victor Vasarely, Mobutu Sese Seko, Roy Lichtenstein, Anton LaVey, Hans Eysenck, and Sviatoslav Richter. After him are The Notorious B.I.G., William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Bảo Đại, Bohumil Hrabal, and Isaiah Berlin.

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Among people born in Brazil, Paulo Freire ranks 20 out of 1,947Before him are Mário Zagallo (1931), Sócrates (1954), Ronaldo (1976), Vavá (1934), Antônio Carlos Jobim (1927), and Rivellino (1946). After him are João Havelange (1916), Luiz Felipe Scolari (1948), Carlos Alberto Torres (1944), Emerson Fittipaldi (1946), Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887), and Getúlio Vargas (1882).


Among philosophers born in Brazil, Paulo Freire ranks 1After him are Cláudio Hummes (1934) and Vicente Ferreira da Silva (1916).