Étienne de La Boétie

1530 - 1563

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Étienne or Estienne de La Boétie (French: [etjɛn də la bɔesi] (listen), also [bwati] or [bɔeti]; Occitan: Esteve de La Boetiá; 1 November 1530 – 18 August 1563) was a French magistrate, classicist, writer, poet, and political theorist, best remembered for his intense and intimate friendship with essayist Michel de Montaigne. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Étienne de La Boétie has received more than 185,893 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Étienne de La Boétie is the 3rd most popular political scientist, the 478th most popular biography from France (up from 642nd in 2019) and the most popular French Political Scientist.

Étienne de La Boétie is most famous for his essay "Discourse on Voluntary Servitude," in which he argues that the people of France are enslaved to the tyranny of the monarchy because they have been tricked into thinking that they are free.

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Among political scientists, Étienne de La Boétie ranks 3 out of 29Before him are Zygmunt Bauman and Samuel P. Huntington. After him are Harold Lasswell, Hans Morgenthau, Francis Fukuyama, Ralf Dahrendorf, Benedict Anderson, Georg Jellinek, Robert A. Dahl, Christian Lous Lange, and Johan Galtung.

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Among people born in 1530, Étienne de La Boétie ranks 3Before him are Ivan the Terrible and Jean Bodin. After him are Louis, Prince of Condé, Uesugi Kenshin, Jean Nicot, Anastasia Romanovna, Yasuke, Ruy López de Segura, Jan Kochanowski, Christopher Báthory, and Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Weimar. Among people deceased in 1563, Étienne de La Boétie ranks 1After him are Francis, Duke of Guise, Sebastian Castellio, Heinrich Glarean, Andrea Schiavone, and Martynas Mažvydas.

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Among people born in France, Étienne de La Boétie ranks 478 out of 5,234Before him are Arthur Honegger (1892), Siméon Denis Poisson (1781), Jacques Hébert (1757), Hortense de Beauharnais (1783), Francis Picabia (1879), and Lucien Bonaparte (1775). After him are Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728), Christine Lagarde (1956), Louis Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1747), André Maurois (1885), Frédéric Bazille (1841), and Anne Robert Jacques Turgot (1727).


Among political scientists born in France, Étienne de La Boétie ranks 1After him are Maurice Duverger (1917) and Olivier Roy (1949).