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Edgar Morin

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Edgar Morin (; French: [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 296,297 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Edgar Morin is the 342nd most popular philosopher (up from 350th in 2019), the 920th most popular biography from France (up from 971st in 2019) and the 47th 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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Among philosophers, Edgar Morin ranks 342 out of 1,081Before him are Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Hwang Jini, Francisco de Vitoria, Antoine Arnauld, Juan Luis Vives, and Jacques Rancière. After him are Martianus Capella, Strato of Lampsacus, Lev Shestov, Yi I, E. H. Carr, and Wang Yangming.

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Among people born in 1921, Edgar Morin ranks 42Before him are Lana Turner, Vasily Smyslov, Marija Gimbutas, Georges Brassens, Dirk Bogarde, and Akio Morita. After him are Herschel Grynszpan, Arthur Leonard Schawlow, György Cziffra, Zdeněk Miler, Nexhmije Hoxha, and Lydia Litvyak.

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Among people born in France, Edgar Morin ranks 920 out of 6,011Before him are Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (1772), Joan II, Countess of Burgundy (1292), Philippe Ariès (1914), Michael Lonsdale (1931), Pierre Méchain (1744), and René Clément (1913). After him are Maurice Quentin de La Tour (1704), Saint Eligius (588), Claude Lelouch (1937), Francis Lai (1932), Henry I of Navarre (1244), and Cardinal de Rohan (1734).


Among philosophers born in France, Edgar Morin ranks 47Before him are Lucien Lévy-Bruhl (1857), Sebastian Brant (1458), Jean-Luc Nancy (1940), Henri Lefebvre (1901), Bruno Latour (1947), and Antoine Arnauld (1612). After him are René Girard (1923), Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples (1460), Jean Gerson (1363), Pierre d'Ailly (1350), Maurice Halbwachs (1877), and Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais (1782).

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