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 309,132 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Gabriel Marcel is the 212th most popular philosopher (down from 210th in 2019), the 489th most popular biography from France (down from 471st 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 212 out of 1,089Before him are Georgi Plekhanov, Bayazid Bastami, Benedetto Croce, Pelagius, Muhammad Abduh, and Melissus of Samos. After him are Miguel de Unamuno, Swami Vivekananda, Paulo Freire, Bernard Bolzano, Hasan al-Basri, and Hippias.

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Among people born in 1889, Gabriel Marcel ranks 17Before him are Arnold J. Toynbee, Vaslav Nijinsky, Igor Sikorsky, Idris of Libya, Manuel II of Portugal, and Carl von Ossietzky. After him are Otto Frank, Gabriela Mistral, Paul Karrer, Louise Mountbatten, Jacob L. Moreno, and Carl Theodor Dreyer. Among people deceased in 1973, Gabriel Marcel ranks 25Before him are Paavo Nurmi, John Ford, Hans Kelsen, Pablo Casals, Ferdinand Schörner, and Semyon Budyonny. After him are Anna Magnani, Víctor Jara, J. Hans D. Jensen, Jacques Maritain, Karl Ziegler, and Charles Greeley Abbot.

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Among people born in France, Gabriel Marcel ranks 489 out of 5,234Before him are Frédéric Bazille (1841), Anne Robert Jacques Turgot (1727), Bernard Arnault (1949), Francis, Duke of Guise (1519), Marie Tussaud (1761), and Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647). After him are Alfred de Musset (1810), Marius Petipa (1818), William Wyler (1902), Pérotin (1160), Claude Chabrol (1930), and Maurice de Vlaminck (1876).


Among philosophers born in France, Gabriel Marcel ranks 29Before him are Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Jean-François Lyotard (1924), Nicolas Malebranche (1638), Pierre Gassendi (1592), and Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714). After him are Gaston Bachelard (1884), Joseph de Maistre (1753), Guy Debord (1931), Jacques Maritain (1882), Nicole Oresme (1323), and Raymond Aron (1905).