Richard Avenarius

1843 - 1896

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Richard Ludwig Heinrich Avenarius (19 November 1843 – 18 August 1896) was a German-Swiss philosopher. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Avenarius has received more than 63,138 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia. Richard Avenarius is the 385th most popular philosopher (down from 382nd in 2019), the 1,094th most popular biography from France (down from 1,072nd in 2019) and the 51st most popular French Philosopher.

Richard Avenarius is most famous for his work on the theory of knowledge. He argued that we cannot know the world as it really is, but we can only know the world as it appears to us.

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Among philosophers, Richard Avenarius ranks 385 out of 1,089Before him are Yuri Lotman, Alexandre Kojève, Saadia Gaon, Nachmanides, Nasir Khusraw, and Guan Zhong. After him are Cleobulus, Otto Neurath, Julius Caesar Scaliger, Paul Grice, Franz Rosenzweig, and Ágnes Heller.

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Among people born in 1843, Richard Avenarius ranks 18Before him are Elisabeth of Wied, Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess Mathilde Ludovika in Bavaria, Nicholas Alexandrovich, Tsesarevich of Russia, Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz, and Benito Pérez Galdós. After him are Walther Flemming, Hermann Schwarz, Camillo Sitte, Oscar Montelius, Georg von Hertling, and Princess Maria Clotilde of Savoy. Among people deceased in 1896, Richard Avenarius ranks 17Before him are Harriet Beecher Stowe, Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, H. H. Holmes, José Rizal, John Langdon Down, and Edmond de Goncourt. After him are Ivar Aasen, Ambroise Thomas, Louis-Jules Trochu, Frederic Leighton, Prince Louis, Duke of Nemours, and Prince Henry of Battenberg.

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Among people born in France, Richard Avenarius ranks 1,094 out of 5,234Before him are Jean-Marie Lehn (1939), Jaufre Rudel (1125), Carole Bouquet (1957), Alexandra David-Néel (1868), Georges Ernest Boulanger (1837), and Richard I of Normandy (933). After him are Richard III, Duke of Normandy (1001), Henry II, Count of Champagne (1166), Jean Moulin (1899), Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger (1894), Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry (1523), and Pierre Bouguer (1698).


Among philosophers born in France, Richard Avenarius ranks 51Before him are Edgar Morin (1921), Antoine Arnauld (1612), Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais (1782), Maurice Halbwachs (1877), Jean Gerson (1363), and René Girard (1923). After him are Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples (1460), Pierre d'Ailly (1350), Étienne Gilson (1884), Michel de Certeau (1925), Étienne Cabet (1788), and Petrus Ramus (1515).