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 123,334 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Antoine Destutt de Tracy is the 439th most popular philosopher (up from 474th in 2019), the 1,287th most popular biography from France (up from 1,396th in 2019) and the 60th 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 439 out of 1,089Before him are Pierre Duhem, Pavel Florensky, Agrippa the Skeptic, Ernest Gellner, Hunayn ibn Ishaq, and Brunetto Latini. After him are Damascius, Yan Hui, Henry Suso, Valentinus, Alain de Lille, and Maine de Biran.

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Among people born in 1754, Antoine Destutt de Tracy ranks 10Before him are Seraphim of Sarov, Joseph Proust, Madame Roland, Jacques Pierre Brissot, Ferdinand Karl, Archduke of Austria-Este, and Frederick I of Württemberg. After him are Georg Forster, Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, Louis de Bonald, Bon-Adrien Jeannot de Moncey, Princess Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt, and William Bligh. Among people deceased in 1836, Antoine Destutt de Tracy ranks 18Before him are Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, Nathan Mayer Rothschild, Anton Reicha, James Mill, Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier, and Anthony of Saxony. After him are Johann I Joseph, Prince of Liechtenstein, Maria Cristina of Savoy, Aaron Burr, William Henry, James Bowie, and Betsy Ross.

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Among people born in France, Antoine Destutt de Tracy ranks 1,287 out of 5,234Before him are Antoine Augustin Cournot (1801), Ernest Gellner (1925), John III of Navarre (1477), Odile of Alsace (662), Benedict of Aniane (750), and Charles Péguy (1873). After him are Jean Clouet (1480), Pierre Larousse (1817), Michel Verne (1861), Louis, Count of Évreux (1276), François Louis, Prince of Conti (1664), and Nicolas Chauvin (1790).


Among philosophers born in France, Antoine Destutt de Tracy ranks 60Before him are Étienne Gilson (1884), Michel de Certeau (1925), Étienne Cabet (1788), Petrus Ramus (1515), Pierre Duhem (1861), and Ernest Gellner (1925). After him are Alain de Lille (1117), Maine de Biran (1766), Michel Serres (1930), Vincent of Beauvais (1190), Jean-Luc Nancy (1940), and Berengar of Tours (998).