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Schlegel Born on This Date

German literary critic, philosopher, poet, philologist Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel was born on this date in 1814. He was a major inspiration to Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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Descartes Dream

On this date in 1619, French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes awakens from the dreams that inspire his Meditations on First Philosophy.

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“When I Get a Little Money, I Buy Books”

Renaissance philosopher Desiderius Erasmus died on this date in 1536.

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Camus Killed in Car Crash on This Date

Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus was killed in a car crash on this date in 1960. Although Camus is often considered an existentialist, he rejected that association, saying, “No, I am not an existentialist. Sartre and I are always surprised … Continue reading

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Voltaire Born on This Date

French writer, playwright, and philosopher Voltaire was born on this date in 1694. His most famous work, Candide, is regularly taught in classrooms around the world.

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He Walked to the Beat of a Different Drummer

American writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau born this day in 1817.

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More Meets His Maker

Sir Thomas More is executed by order of Henry VIII on this date in 1535. A lawyer, social philosopher, and Renaissance humanist, More was the author of Utopia. In this work, he described the ideal and imaginary island nation and … Continue reading

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“Father of the French Revolution” Born on This Date

Jean-Jacques Rousseau born on this date in 1712. He said, “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains; he is often called the “Father of the French Revolution.” In his work The Confessions, Rousseau focused on examining his … Continue reading

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“Hell Is Other People”

Jean-Paul Sartre born this date in 1905. Sartre was one of the key figures in the philosophy of existentialism. He is also remembered for his relationship with Simone de Beauvoir, a prominent feminist theorist. Although he was awarded the Nobel … Continue reading

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Alexander Pope Died on This Date

Alexander Pope died on this date in 1744. Pope, a Roman Catholic in largely Protestant England, suffered an illness that left him a hunchback at age 12. He became the chief poet of his day, eventually becoming the first English … Continue reading

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