Uriel da Costa

1585 - 1640

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Uriel da Costa (Portuguese: [uɾiˈɛl dɐ ˈkɔʃtɐ]; also Acosta or d'Acosta; c. 1585 – April 1640) was a Portuguese Sephardi philosopher who was born a New Christian but returned to Judaism, whereupon he questioned the Catholic and rabbinic orthodoxies of his time. This led him into conflict with both Christian and rabbinic institutions: his books were placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum and he was excommunicated by several Jewish authorities. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Uriel da Costa has received more than 128,386 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). Uriel da Costa is the 344th most popular philosopher (up from 356th in 2019), the 73rd most popular biography from Portugal (up from 77th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Portuguese Philosopher.

Uriel da Costa is most famous for his work on the philosophy of Judaism.

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Among philosophers, Uriel da Costa ranks 344 out of 1,267Before him are Anne Sullivan, David Strauss, Guan Zhong, Aenesidemus, Francisco de Vitoria, and Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi. After him are Richard Rorty, Hipparchia of Maroneia, Gaius Musonius Rufus, Günther Anders, Maurice Halbwachs, and Otto Neurath.

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Among people born in 1585, Uriel da Costa ranks 6Before him are Cardinal Richelieu, Heinrich Schütz, Cornelius Jansen, Hendrick Avercamp, and John George I, Elector of Saxony. After him are Anna of Tyrol, Jacob Le Maire, Lucilio Vanini, Zacharias Janssen, John Rolfe, and Jacques Lemercier. Among people deceased in 1640, Uriel da Costa ranks 5Before him are Peter Paul Rubens, Murad IV, George William, Elector of Brandenburg, and Francesca Caccini. After him are Giuseppe Cesari, Hezârfen Ahmed Çelebi, Jindřich Matyáš Thurn, Vittoria Aleotti, Wilhelm Kettler, Alessandro Salvio, and Charles, Duke of Guise.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Uriel da Costa ranks 73 out of 633Before him are Jorge Sampaio (1939), John of God (1495), Maria João Pires (1944), Catherine of Braganza (1638), Barbara of Portugal (1711), and Francisco de Almeida (1450). After him are Sancho II of Portugal (1209), Diego Columbus (1479), Marcelo Caetano (1906), Isaac Abarbanel (1437), Constance of Aragon (1179), and Isabella of Portugal, Duchess of Burgundy (1397).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In Portugal

Among philosophers born in Portugal, Uriel da Costa ranks 2Before him are Orosius (375). After him are Isaac Abarbanel (1437), Pedro da Fonseca (1528), and Eduardo Lourenço (1923).