Gabriel Marcel

1889 - 1973

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Gabriel Honoré Marcel (7 December 1889 – 8 October 1973) was a French philosopher, playwright, music critic and leading Christian existentialist. The author of over a dozen books and at least thirty plays, Marcel's work focused on the modern individual's struggle in a technologically dehumanizing society. Though often regarded as the first French existentialist, he dissociated himself from figures such as Jean-Paul Sartre, preferring the term philosophy of existence or neo-Socrateanism to define his own thought. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gabriel Marcel has received more than 433,869 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia. Gabriel Marcel is the 210th most popular philosopher (down from 201st in 2019), the 512th most popular biography from France (down from 467th in 2019) and the 29th most popular French Philosopher.

Gabriel Marcel was a philosopher, theologian, and dramatist. He is most famous for his philosophy of "Existentialism," which is the idea that people are free to make their own choices and are responsible for the consequences of those choices.

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Among philosophers, Gabriel Marcel ranks 210 out of 1,267Before him are Paulo Freire, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Jean-François Lyotard, Bias of Priene, Georgi Plekhanov, and Julia Kristeva. After him are Joseph de Maistre, Gaston Bachelard, Rudolf Carnap, Benedetto Croce, Diogenes of Apollonia, and Miguel de Unamuno.

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Among people born in 1889, Gabriel Marcel ranks 17Before him are Anna Akhmatova, Arnold J. Toynbee, Vaslav Nijinsky, Manuel II of Portugal, Igor Sikorsky, and Idris of Libya. After him are Gabriela Mistral, Carl von Ossietzky, Louise Mountbatten, Otto Frank, Han van Meegeren, and Jacob L. Moreno. Among people deceased in 1973, Gabriel Marcel ranks 27Before him are Henri Charrière, Max Horkheimer, Pablo Casals, Víctor Jara, Ferdinand Schörner, and Charles Greeley Abbot. After him are Semyon Budyonny, Anna Magnani, Ragnar Frisch, Hans Albert Einstein, Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, and Selman Waksman.

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Among people born in France, Gabriel Marcel ranks 512 out of 6,770Before him are William of Rubruck (1220), Carlos Gardel (1890), Elisa Bonaparte (1777), Arthur Honegger (1892), Hector Malot (1830), and Carloman I (751). After him are Joseph de Maistre (1753), Gaston Bachelard (1884), Charles de Foucauld (1858), Louis Aragon (1897), André Maurois (1885), and Jacques Le Goff (1924).


Among philosophers born in France, Gabriel Marcel ranks 29Before him are Nicolas Malebranche (1638), Pierre Gassendi (1592), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908), Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714), Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), and Jean-François Lyotard (1924). After him are Joseph de Maistre (1753), Gaston Bachelard (1884), Roger Garaudy (1913), Guy Debord (1931), Georges Sorel (1847), and Nicole Oresme (1323).