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 287,420 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Wilhelm Dilthey is the 142nd most popular philosopher (up from 146th in 2019), the 196th most popular biography from Germany (up from 198th in 2019) and the 23rd 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 142 out of 1,089Before him are Edith Stein, Johann Friedrich Herbart, György Lukács, Isocrates, Clement of Alexandria, and Baron d'Holbach. After him are Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Chanakya, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Marshall McLuhan, Jean Baudrillard, and Simone Weil.

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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 Benjamin Harrison, Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria, Alfred von Schlieffen, Élie Ducommun, Ferdinand von Richthofen, Ernesto Teodoro Moneta, Eugen Dühring, and Félicien Rops. 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, Paul Lafargue, Pyotr Stolypin, Emilio Salgari, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Georg Jellinek, and Maria Pia of Savoy.

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Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm Dilthey ranks 196 out of 5,289Before him are Princess Sophie of Bavaria (1805), Emil Fischer (1852), Frederick William II of Prussia (1744), Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1282), Hans Memling (1435), and Baron d'Holbach (1723). After him are Ilse Koch (1906), Justus von Liebig (1803), Michel Ney (1769), Helmuth von Moltke the Elder (1800), Erich Hartmann (1922), and Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Wilhelm Dilthey ranks 23Before him are Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), Oswald Spengler (1880), Herbert Marcuse (1898), Edith Stein (1891), Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776), and Baron d'Holbach (1723). After him are Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Adam Weishaupt (1748), Carl Schmitt (1888), Max Horkheimer (1895), Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714), and Athanasius Kircher (1602).