470 BC - 399 BC

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Socrates (; Greek: Σωκράτης; c. 470–399 BC) was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is credited as the founder of Western philosophy and among the first moral philosophers of the ethical tradition of thought. An enigmatic figure, Socrates authored no texts and is known mainly through the posthumous accounts of classical writers, particularly his students Plato and Xenophon. These accounts are written as dialogues, in which Socrates and his interlocutors examine a subject in the style of question and answer; they gave rise to the Socratic dialogue literary genre. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Socrates has received more than 13,848,376 page views. His biography is available in 180 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 174 in 2019). Socrates is the 3rd most popular philosopher, the 4th most popular biography from Greece and the 3rd most popular Greek Philosopher.

Socrates is most famous for his contribution to the field of philosophy. He is often considered the father of Western philosophy.

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Among philosophers, Socrates ranks 3 out of 1,089Before him are Aristotle and Plato. After him are Confucius, Gautama Buddha, Immanuel Kant, René Descartes, Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Friedrich Nietzsche, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Augustine of Hippo.

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Among people born in 470 BC, Socrates ranks 1After him are Aspasia, Mozi, Philolaus, Melissus of Samos, Callicrates, Hippocrates of Chios, Achilles Painter, and Teres I. Among people deceased in 399 BC, Socrates ranks 1After him are Hippias, Thrasymachus, Archelaus I of Macedon, and Amyrtaeus.

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Among people born in Greece, Socrates ranks 4 out of 855Before him are Alexander the Great (-356), Aristotle (-384), and Plato (-427). After him are Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881), Hippocrates (-460), Pythagoras (-570), Spartacus (-109), Sophocles (-497), Epicurus (-341), Pericles (-494), and Democritus (-460).


Among philosophers born in Greece, Socrates ranks 3Before him are Aristotle (-384) and Plato (-427). After him are Pythagoras (-570), Epicurus (-341), Democritus (-460), Plutarch (46), Protagoras (-486), Gorgias (-483), Theophrastus (-371), Pyrrho (-365), and Antisthenes (-445).