Wilhelm von Humboldt

1767 - 1835

Wilhelm von Humboldt

Friedrich Wilhelm Christian Karl Ferdinand von Humboldt (, also US: , UK: , German: [ˈvɪlhɛlm fɔn ˈhʊmbɔlt]; 22 June 1767 – 8 April 1835) was a Prussian philosopher, linguist, government functionary, diplomat, and founder of the Humboldt University of Berlin, which was named after him in 1949 (and also after his younger brother, Alexander von Humboldt, a naturalist). He is especially remembered as a linguist who made important contributions to the philosophy of language, ethnolinguistics and to the theory and practice of education. He made a major contribution to the development of liberalism by envisioning education as a means of realizing individual possibility rather than a way of drilling traditional ideas into youth to suit them for an already established occupation or social role. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm von Humboldt has received more than 465,240 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 107th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Wilhelm von Humboldt ranks 105 out of 1,005Before him are Ibn Arabi, Tommaso Campanella, Meister Eckhart, Theophrastus, Al-Kindi, and Gilles Deleuze. After him are Zhu Xi, Philo, Ibn Taymiyyah, Bonaventure, Gorgias, and Antisthenes.

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Among people born in 1767, Wilhelm von Humboldt ranks 2Before him is Joachim Murat. After him are Andrew Jackson, Louis Antoine de Saint-Just, John Quincy Adams, Jean-Baptiste Say, Benjamin Constant, John VI of Portugal, August Wilhelm Schlegel, Nicolas Oudinot, Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, and Manuel Godoy. Among people deceased in 1835, Wilhelm von Humboldt ranks 3Before him are Vincenzo Bellini and Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor. After him are Antoine-Jean Gros, Thérésa Tallien, Édouard Mortier, Duke of Trévise, Auguste, Duke of Leuchtenberg, Catharina of Württemberg, John Nash, Guillaume Dupuytren, François Étienne de Kellermann, and Izabela Czartoryska.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Wilhelm von Humboldt ranks 129 out of 3,763Before him are Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Clara Schumann (1819), Meister Eckhart (1260), Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), Franz von Papen (1879), and Max Ernst (1891). After him are Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), Friedrich Hölderlin (1770), Gerd Müller (1945), Max Müller (1823), William Herschel (1738), and Ambrose (340).


Among philosophers born in Germany, Wilhelm von Humboldt ranks 17Before him are Nicholas of Cusa (1401), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1775), Walter Benjamin (1892), Friedrich Fröbel (1782), Carl von Clausewitz (1780), and Meister Eckhart (1260). After him are Herbert Marcuse (1898), Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900), Oswald Spengler (1880), Rudolf Christoph Eucken (1846), Edith Stein (1891), and Johann Friedrich Herbart (1776).

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