Theodor Lessing

1872 - 1933

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Theodor Lessing (8 February 1872, Hanover – 31 August 1933, Marienbad) was a German Jewish philosopher. He is known for opposing the rise of Hindenburg as president of the Weimar Republic and for his classic on Jewish self-hatred (Der jüdische Selbsthaß), a book which he wrote in 1930, three years before Adolf Hitler came to power, in which he tried to explain the phenomenon of Jewish intellectuals who incited antisemitism against the Jewish people and who regarded Judaism as the source of evil in the world. Lessing's political ideals, as well as his Zionism made him a very controversial person during the rise of Nazi Germany. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Theodor Lessing has received more than 76,107 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Theodor Lessing is the 767th most popular philosopher (down from 674th in 2019), the 2,389th most popular biography from Germany (down from 2,022nd in 2019) and the 102nd most popular Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Theodor Lessing ranks 767 out of 1,081Before him are William of Conches, Maximus of Ephesus, Symon Budny, Johannes Agricola, Kazimierz Łyszczyński, and Friedrich Pollock. After him are Luigi Guido Grandi, Bernard Williams, Dietrich von Hildebrand, Stephen Toulmin, Crantor, and Vazgen I.

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Among people born in 1872, Theodor Lessing ranks 67Before him are Traian Vuia, Prince Emmanuel, Duke of Vendôme, Luigi Orione, Ludwig Klages, Princess Maria Ludwiga Theresia of Bavaria, and Hàm Nghi. After him are Wilhelm Ohnesorge, Momčilo Tapavica, Heber Doust Curtis, Barbu Știrbey, Émile Henry, and Aleksandër Stavre Drenova. Among people deceased in 1933, Theodor Lessing ranks 47Before him are Nitobe Inazō, Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria, Carl Correns, Hermann von François, Friedrich Zander, and Sen Katayama. After him are Giovanni Giacometti, Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Princess Mathilde of Saxony, Sigfrid Karg-Elert, Takiji Kobayashi, and Frank Jarvis.

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Among people born in Germany, Theodor Lessing ranks 2,389 out of 6,142Before him are Ferdinand von Bredow (1884), Michael von Faulhaber (1869), Wolfgang Iser (1926), Peter Schreier (1935), Infanta Maria das Neves of Portugal (1852), and Henry V, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1489). After him are Princess Marie-Auguste of Anhalt (1898), Otto Weddigen (1882), Rudolf II, Duke of Saxe-Wittenberg (1307), Rudolf Rocker (1873), Lujo Brentano (1844), and Reiner Stahel (1892).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Theodor Lessing ranks 102Before him are Albert of Saxony (1316), Arnold Ruge (1802), Paul de Lagarde (1827), Philipp Mainländer (1841), Johannes Agricola (1494), and Friedrich Pollock (1894). After him are Hans Albert (1921), Ferdinand Christian Baur (1792), Karl Vogt (1817), Joseph Dietzgen (1828), Eberhard August Wilhelm von Zimmermann (1743), and Jakob Friedrich Fries (1773).