Gaston Bachelard

1884 - 1962

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Gaston Bachelard (; French: [baʃlaʁ]; 27 June 1884 – 16 October 1962) was a French philosopher. He made contributions in the fields of poetics and the philosophy of science. To the latter, he introduced the concepts of epistemological obstacle and epistemological break (obstacle épistémologique and rupture épistémologique). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gaston Bachelard has received more than 589,370 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Gaston Bachelard is the 212th most popular philosopher (up from 228th in 2019), the 514th most popular biography from France (up from 563rd in 2019) and the 31st most popular French Philosopher.

Gaston Bachelard is most famous for his book The Poetics of Space, which argues that the spaces we inhabit and the objects we use affect our thoughts and emotions.

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Among philosophers, Gaston Bachelard ranks 212 out of 1,267Before him are Jean-François Lyotard, Bias of Priene, Georgi Plekhanov, Julia Kristeva, Gabriel Marcel, and Joseph de Maistre. After him are Rudolf Carnap, Benedetto Croce, Diogenes of Apollonia, Miguel de Unamuno, Imre Lakatos, and George Herbert Mead.

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Among people born in 1884, Gaston Bachelard ranks 18Before him are Max Brod, Theodor Heuss, Franz Halder, Peter Debye, Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and Friedrich Bergius. After him are Hermann Rorschach, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, Otto Fritz Meyerhof, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Theodor Svedberg, and Auguste Piccard. Among people deceased in 1962, Gaston Bachelard ranks 12Before him are William Faulkner, Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, Georges Bataille, and Yves Klein. After him are Hans Luther, Auguste Piccard, Arthur Compton, Vasily Stalin, René Coty, and Princess Marie Bonaparte.

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Among people born in France, Gaston Bachelard ranks 514 out of 6,770Before him are Elisa Bonaparte (1777), Arthur Honegger (1892), Hector Malot (1830), Carloman I (751), Gabriel Marcel (1889), and Joseph de Maistre (1753). After him are Charles de Foucauld (1858), Louis Aragon (1897), André Maurois (1885), Jacques Le Goff (1924), Gaspard II de Coligny (1519), and Marie Louise d’Orléans (1662).


Among philosophers born in France, Gaston Bachelard ranks 31Before him are Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908), Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714), Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Jean-François Lyotard (1924), Gabriel Marcel (1889), and Joseph de Maistre (1753). After him are Roger Garaudy (1913), Guy Debord (1931), Georges Sorel (1847), Nicole Oresme (1323), Raymond Aron (1905), and Jacques Maritain (1882).