René Descartes

1596 - 1650

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René Descartes ( or UK: ; French: [ʁəne dekaʁt] (listen); Latinized: Renatus Cartesius; 31 March 1596 – 11 February 1650) was a French-born 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 6,810,139 page views. His biography is available in 154 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 149 in 2019). René Descartes is the 7th most popular philosopher, the 3rd most popular biography from France (up from 4th in 2019) and the most popular French Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, René Descartes ranks 7 out of 1,089. Before him are Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Confucius, Gautama Buddha, and Immanuel Kant. After him are Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Niccolò Machiavelli, Augustine of Hippo, and John Locke.

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

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Among people born in France, René Descartes ranks 3 out of 5,234. Before him are Napoleon (1769) and Louis XIV of France (1638). After him are Joan of Arc (1412), Charlemagne (748), Voltaire (1694), Blaise Pascal (1623), Louis Pasteur (1822), Victor Hugo (1802), Claude Monet (1840), Montesquieu (1689), and Jules Verne (1828).


Among philosophers born in France, René Descartes ranks 1After him are Montesquieu (1689), Auguste Comte (1798), Michel de Montaigne (1533), Michel Foucault (1926), 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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