Walter Benjamin

1892 - 1940

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Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin (; German: [ˈvaltɐ ˈbɛnjamiːn]; 15 July 1892 – 26 September 1940) was a German Jewish philosopher, cultural critic and essayist. An eclectic thinker, combining elements of German idealism, Romanticism, Western Marxism, and Jewish mysticism, Benjamin made enduring and influential contributions to aesthetic theory, literary criticism, and historical materialism. He was associated with the Frankfurt School, and also maintained formative friendships with thinkers such as playwright Bertolt Brecht and Kabbalah scholar Gershom Scholem. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Benjamin has received more than 1,779,127 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Walter Benjamin is the 83rd most popular philosopher (down from 78th in 2019), the 102nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 92nd in 2019) and the 12th most popular German Philosopher.

Walter Benjamin was a German Jewish philosopher, cultural critic, and essayist. His most famous work is "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction."

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Among philosophers, Walter Benjamin ranks 83 out of 1,089Before him are Epictetus, Zeno of Citium, Xenophanes, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Nicholas of Cusa, and Boethius. After him are Mencius, Carl von Clausewitz, Jean Bodin, Tertullian, Johann Gottfried Herder, and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.

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Among people born in 1892, Walter Benjamin ranks 6Before him are J. R. R. Tolkien, Josip Broz Tito, Francisco Franco, Haile Selassie, and Louis de Broglie. After him are Manfred von Richthofen, Ivo Andrić, Pearl S. Buck, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Zita of Bourbon-Parma, and Oliver Hardy. Among people deceased in 1940, Walter Benjamin ranks 5Before him are Leon Trotsky, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Selma Lagerlöf, and Paul Klee. After him are J. J. Thomson, Mikhail Bulgakov, Neville Chamberlain, Robert Wadlow, Nikolai Yezhov, Emma Goldman, and Peter Behrens.

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Among people born in Germany, Walter Benjamin ranks 102 out of 5,289Before him are Nikolaus Otto (1832), Leopold Mozart (1719), Heinrich Böll (1917), William Herschel (1738), Wilhelm Wundt (1832), and Theodor W. Adorno (1903). After him are Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Clara Schumann (1819), Albert, Prince Consort (1819), Carl Orff (1895), Erich Honecker (1912), and Helmut Kohl (1930).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Walter Benjamin ranks 12Before him are Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), Karl Jaspers (1883), Jürgen Habermas (1929), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), and Nicholas of Cusa (1401). After him are Carl von Clausewitz (1780), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767), Meister Eckhart (1260), Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), and Oswald Spengler (1880).