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Antoine Destutt de Tracy

1754 - 1836

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Antoine Louis Claude Destutt, comte de Tracy (French: [dɛstyt də tʁasi]; 20 July 1754 – 9 March 1836) was a French Enlightenment aristocrat and philosopher who coined the term "ideology". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Antoine Destutt de Tracy has received more than 155,469 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Antoine Destutt de Tracy is the 496th most popular philosopher (down from 439th in 2019), the 1,517th most popular biography from France (down from 1,284th in 2019) and the 68th most popular French Philosopher.

Antoine Destutt de Tracy is most famous for his work on the theory of knowledge and the idea of the three powers of the mind. The three powers are the imagination, which is the power to form mental images; the understanding, which is the power to compare and contrast those images; and the memory, which is the power to retain those images.

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Among philosophers, Antoine Destutt de Tracy ranks 496 out of 1,081Before him are Martha Nussbaum, Gaetano Mosca, Themistius, Nezahualcoyotl, Annemarie Schimmel, and Antiochus of Ascalon. After him are Priscian, Valentinus, Peter Deunov, Émile Chartier, Yan Hui, and Theodorus the Atheist.

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Among people born in 1754, Antoine Destutt de Tracy ranks 16Before him are Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, Bon-Adrien Jeannot de Moncey, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, Georg Forster, William Bligh, and Louis de Bonald. After him are Catherine-Dominique de Pérignon, Salawat Yulayev, Usman dan Fodio, Jean-Antoine Marbot, Jean-Baptiste Regnault, and Vicente Martín y Soler. Among people deceased in 1836, Antoine Destutt de Tracy ranks 21Before him are Anton Reicha, Nathan Mayer Rothschild, Claude-Louis Navier, Christiaan Hendrik Persoon, Aaron Burr, and Maria Cristina of Savoy. After him are Johann I Joseph, Prince of Liechtenstein, William Henry, James Bowie, Betsy Ross, Carle Vernet, and Andrey Razumovsky.

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Among people born in France, Antoine Destutt de Tracy ranks 1,517 out of 6,011Before him are Bernard de Tremelay (1100), Louis II, Duke of Bourbon (1337), Charles, Duke of Lower Lorraine (953), Paul Gachet (1828), Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo (1847), and Clément Marot (1495). After him are Paul Cornu (1881), Charles Adolphe Wurtz (1817), Monique Wittig (1935), Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle (1775), Raimbaut de Vaqueiras (1165), and Mahaut, Countess of Artois (1269).


Among philosophers born in France, Antoine Destutt de Tracy ranks 68Before him are Étienne Gilson (1884), Michel Serres (1930), Alain de Benoist (1943), Petrus Ramus (1515), Pierre Duhem (1861), and William of Champeaux (1070). After him are Émile Chartier (1868), Victor Cousin (1792), Guillaume Budé (1467), Berengar of Tours (998), Georges Canguilhem (1904), and Jacques Ellul (1912).