Edgar Morin

1921 - Today

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Edgar Morin (; French: [ɛdɡaʁ mɔʁɛ̃]; born Edgar Nahoum; 8 July 1921) is a French philosopher and sociologist of the theory of information who has been recognized for his work on complexity and "complex thought" (pensée complexe), and for his scholarly contributions to such diverse fields as media studies, politics, sociology, visual anthropology, ecology, education, and systems biology. As he explains: He holds two bachelors: one in history and geography and one in law. He never did a Ph.D. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edgar Morin has received more than 350,522 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Edgar Morin is the 330th most popular philosopher (up from 338th in 2019), the 902nd most popular biography from France (up from 918th in 2019) and the 46th most popular French Philosopher.

Edgar Morin is most famous for his theory of "the three orders of knowledge." The first order is the "knowledge of the world," which includes all observations of the world. The second order is the "knowledge of the self," which is what we know about ourselves. The third order is the "knowledge of the other," which is what we know about others.

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Over the past year Edgar Morin has had the most page views in the with 232,577 views, followed by Italian (72,673), and Spanish (70,456). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Swedish (539.07%), Simple English (99.73%), and Italian (50.72%)


Among philosophers, Edgar Morin ranks 330 out of 1,267Before him are Ramanuja, Moses Hess, Martianus Capella, Aristoxenus, Johann Georg Hamann, and Hermann Cohen. After him are Wang Yangming, Justus Lipsius, Asanga, Thrasymachus, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, and A. S. Neill.

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Among people born in 1921, Edgar Morin ranks 40Before him are Lana Turner, Arthur Leonard Schawlow, Marija Gimbutas, Lotfi A. Zadeh, Yoichiro Nambu, and Akio Morita. After him are Alida Valli, Aaron T. Beck, Kurt Knispel, Dobrica Ćosić, Jean, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Abdul Salam Arif.

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Among people born in France, Edgar Morin ranks 902 out of 6,770Before him are Claudine Auger (1941), Richard I of Normandy (933), Jean Giraud (1938), Paul Delaroche (1797), Louis-Jules Trochu (1815), and John I of Aragon (1350). After him are Jean-Claude Killy (1943), Claude Lelouch (1937), Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle (1657), Joan the Lame (1293), René Clément (1913), and Beatrice I, Countess of Burgundy (1143).


Among philosophers born in France, Edgar Morin ranks 46Before him are Roscellinus (1050), Sebastian Brant (1458), Henri Lefebvre (1901), Antoine Arnauld (1612), Félix Guattari (1930), and Lucien Lévy-Bruhl (1857). After him are Maurice Halbwachs (1877), René Girard (1923), Jean Gerson (1363), Richard Avenarius (1843), Étienne Gilson (1884), and Alain de Lille (1117).