Thomas Aquinas

1225 - 1274

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Thomas Aquinas (, ə-KWY-nəs; Italian: Tommaso d'Aquino, lit. 'Thomas of Aquino'; c. 1225 – 7 March 1274) was an Italian Dominican friar and priest, an influential philosopher and theologian, and a jurist in the tradition of scholasticism from the county of Aquino in the Kingdom of Sicily. Thomas was a proponent of natural theology and the father of a school of thought (encompassing both theology and philosophy) known as Thomism. He argued that God is the source of the light of natural reason and the light of faith. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Aquinas has received more than 8,827,798 page views. His biography is available in 149 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 142 in 2019). Thomas Aquinas is the 17th most popular philosopher, the 15th most popular biography from Italy (down from 13th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Italian Philosopher.

Thomas Aquinas is most famous for his work in the 13th century on the relationship between faith and reason.

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Among philosophers, Thomas Aquinas ranks 17 out of 1,267Before him are Niccolò Machiavelli, Friedrich Nietzsche, Augustine of Hippo, Heraclitus, Thales of Miletus, and Francis Bacon. After him are John Locke, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Arthur Schopenhauer, Montesquieu, Democritus, and Epicurus.

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Among people born in 1225, Thomas Aquinas ranks 1After him are Pope Innocent V, Nicola Pisano, Gertrude of Hohenberg, David VI of Georgia, Coppo di Marcovaldo, Bolesław the Pious, Isabelle of France, Władysław Opolski, John XI of Constantinople, Sanchia of Provence, and Konrad von Würzburg. Among people deceased in 1274, Thomas Aquinas ranks 1After him are Bonaventure, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Robert de Sorbon, Henry I of Navarre, Emperor Duzong, Wonjong of Goryeo, Prince Munetaka, and Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

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Among people born in Italy, Thomas Aquinas ranks 15 out of 5,161Before him are Augustus (-63), Raphael (1483), Antonio Vivaldi (1678), Niccolò Machiavelli (1469), Giuseppe Verdi (1813), and Commodus (161). After him are Benito Mussolini (1883), Cicero (-106), Giordano Bruno (1548), Virgil (-70), Francis of Assisi (1182), and Nero (37).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Thomas Aquinas ranks 2Before him are Niccolò Machiavelli (1469). After him are Parmenides (-501), Maria Montessori (1870), Empedocles (-490), Lucretius (-94), Zeno of Elea (-490), Pliny the Elder (23), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), Boethius (480), and Tommaso Campanella (1568).