Thomas Carlyle

1795 - 1881

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a British historian, satirical writer, essayist, translator, philosopher, mathematician, and teacher. In his book On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History (1841), he argued that the actions of the "Great Man" play a key role in history, claiming that "the history of the world is but the biography of great men". Other major works include The French Revolution: A History, 3 vols (1837) and The History of Friedrich II of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great, 6 vols (1858–65).His 1837 history of The French Revolution was the inspiration for Charles Dickens' 1859 novel A Tale of Two Cities, and remains popular today. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Carlyle has received more than 1,373,256 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 234th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Thomas Carlyle ranks 232 out of 1,005Before him are Milarepa, Ibn Tufail, Orosius, Baltasar Gracián, Hasan al-Basri, and Muhammad Abduh. After him are Epimenides, Jacques Maritain, Celsus, Isaiah Berlin, Miguel de Unamuno, and Joseph de Maistre.

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Among people born in 1795, Thomas Carlyle ranks 6Before him are James K. Polk, Frederick William IV of Prussia, John Keats, Leopold von Ranke, and Anna Pavlovna of Russia. After him are Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge, Antonio José de Sucre, Pavel Jozef Šafárik, Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, Alexander Griboyedov, and Dred Scott. Among people deceased in 1881, Thomas Carlyle ranks 7Before him are Fyodor Dostoevsky, Modest Mussorgsky, Alexander II of Russia, Billy the Kid, James A. Garfield, and Benjamin Disraeli. After him are Lewis H. Morgan, Louis Auguste Blanqui, Matthias Jakob Schleiden, Henri Vieuxtemps, Auguste Mariette, and Jenny von Westphalen.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Carlyle ranks 356 out of 5,347Before him are Ian McShane (1942), Nicholas Winton (1909), Mary of Teck (1867), Daphne du Maurier (1907), Roger Penrose (1931), and Joshua Reynolds (1723). After him are Thomas Paine (1737), Thomas Bayes (1702), Francis William Aston (1877), Gordon Banks (1937), Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900), and Jeremy Irons (1948).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Carlyle ranks 15Before him are Jeremy Bentham (1748), Duns Scotus (1265), John Wycliffe (1324), Joseph Priestley (1733), Alcuin (735), and John Venn (1834). After him are William Godwin (1756), Houston Stewart Chamberlain (1855), A. S. Neill (1883), G. E. Moore (1873), J. L. Austin (1911), and E. H. Carr (1892).