René Descartes

1596 - 1650

René Descartes

René Descartes ( or UK: ; French: [ʁəne dekaʁt] (listen); Latinized: Renatus Cartesius; adjectival form: Cartesian, ; 31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650) was a French philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. A native of the Kingdom of France, he spent about 20 years (1629–1649) of his life in the Dutch Republic after serving for a while in the Dutch States Army of Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange and the Stadtholder of the United Provinces. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of René Descartes has received more than 6,390,843 page views. His biography is available in 149 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 7th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, René Descartes ranks 7 out of 1,005Before him are Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Gautama Buddha, Confucius, and Immanuel Kant. After him are Pythagoras, Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Augustine of Hippo.

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Among people born in 1596, René Descartes ranks 1After him are Michael of Russia, Frederick V of the Palatinate, Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Pietro da Cortona, Jan van Goyen, Pieter Claesz, Emperor Go-Mizunoo, Nicola Amati, Baldassare Longhena, Johan Banér, and Jacob van Campen. Among people deceased in 1650, René Descartes ranks 1After him are Dorgon, William II, Prince of Orange, Tukaram, Matthäus Merian, Charlotte Marguerite de Montmorency, Catalina de Erauso, Christoph Scheiner, Bernhardus Varenius, Claude Favre de Vaugelas, and Jean Rotrou.

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Among people born in France, René Descartes ranks 4 out of 4,109Before him are Napoleon (1769), Louis XIV of France (1638), and Joan of Arc (1412). After him are Voltaire (1694), Victor Hugo (1802), Blaise Pascal (1623), Molière (1622), Louis Pasteur (1822), Claude Monet (1840), Jules Verne (1828), and Nostradamus (1503).


Among philosophers born in France, René Descartes ranks 1After him are Montesquieu (1689), Auguste Comte (1798), Michel Foucault (1926), Michel de Montaigne (1533), Henri Bergson (1859), Peter Abelard (1079), Jean Bodin (1530), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809), Roland Barthes (1915), Gilles Deleuze (1925), and Charles Fourier (1772).

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