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Wilhelm Dilthey

1833 - 1911

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Wilhelm Dilthey (; German: [ˈvɪlhɛlm ˈdɪltaɪ]; 19 November 1833 – 1 October 1911) was a German historian, psychologist, sociologist, and hermeneutic philosopher, who held G. W. F. Hegel's Chair in Philosophy at the University of Berlin. As a polymathic philosopher, working in a modern research university, Dilthey's research interests revolved around questions of scientific methodology, historical evidence and history's status as a science. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Dilthey has received more than 397,228 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Wilhelm Dilthey is the 137th most popular philosopher (up from 142nd in 2019), the 179th most popular biography from Germany (up from 196th in 2019) and the 22nd most popular German Philosopher.

Wilhelm Dilthey is most famous for his work on understanding the human mind and how it is different from animals.

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Among philosophers, Wilhelm Dilthey ranks 137 out of 1,081Before him are Emanuel Swedenborg, Giambattista Vico, Bonaventure, Swami Vivekananda, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, and Baron d'Holbach. After him are John Rawls, Isocrates, Zhu Xi, Edith Stein, Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Clement of Alexandria.

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Among people born in 1833, Wilhelm Dilthey ranks 4Before him are Alfred Nobel, Johannes Brahms, and Alexander Borodin. After him are Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, Benjamin Harrison, Élie Ducommun, Alfred von Schlieffen, Ferdinand von Richthofen, Félicien Rops, Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, and Léon Bonnat. Among people deceased in 1911, Wilhelm Dilthey ranks 3Before him are Gustav Mahler and Jacobus Henricus van 't Hoff. After him are Francis Galton, Alfred Binet, Joseph Pulitzer, Pyotr Stolypin, Paul Lafargue, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Georg Jellinek, Emilio Salgari, and Valentin Serov.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Dilthey ranks 179 out of 6,142Before him are Erich Hartmann (1922), Max Ernst (1891), Magda Goebbels (1901), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Johann Pachelbel (1653), and Baron d'Holbach (1723). After him are Olaf Scholz (1958), Arnulf of Carinthia (850), Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886), Max Born (1882), Augustus III of Poland (1696), and Caroline of Ansbach (1683).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Wilhelm Dilthey ranks 22Before him are Meister Eckhart (1260), Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776), Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), Oswald Spengler (1880), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), and Baron d'Holbach (1723). After him are Edith Stein (1891), Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714), Herbert Marcuse (1898), Adam Weishaupt (1748), Ferdinand Tönnies (1855), and Max Stirner (1806).