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 452,186 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia. Gaston Bachelard is the 220th most popular philosopher (down from 206th in 2019), the 510th most popular biography from France (down from 453rd in 2019) and the 30th 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 220 out of 1,089Before him are Swami Vivekananda, Paulo Freire, Bernard Bolzano, Hasan al-Basri, Hippias, and Imre Lakatos. After him are Diotima of Mantinea, Joseph de Maistre, Paul Feyerabend, Hippasus, Julia Kristeva, and Slavoj Žižek.

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Among people born in 1884, Gaston Bachelard ranks 15Before him are Anton Drexler, Max Brod, Édouard Daladier, Peter Debye, Franz Halder, and Walther von Reichenau. After him are Theodor Heuss, Auguste Piccard, Hermann Rorschach, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Theodor Svedberg, and Lion Feuchtwanger. Among people deceased in 1962, Gaston Bachelard ranks 13Before him are Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, Yves Klein, Georges Bataille, and Arthur Compton. After him are Princess Marie Bonaparte, Auguste Piccard, Stuart Sutcliffe, Michael Curtiz, Hans Luther, and Vasily Stalin.

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Among people born in France, Gaston Bachelard ranks 510 out of 5,234Before him are Hippolyte Fizeau (1819), Gaspard II de Coligny (1519), Maurice Utrillo (1883), Margaret of Burgundy, Queen of France (1290), Henri, Count of Chambord (1820), and Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834). After him are Allan Kardec (1804), Joseph de Maistre (1753), Baldwin II of Jerusalem (1060), Paul Barras (1755), Hugues de Payens (1074), and Princess Marie Bonaparte (1882).


Among philosophers born in France, Gaston Bachelard ranks 30Before him are Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Jean-François Lyotard (1924), Nicolas Malebranche (1638), Pierre Gassendi (1592), Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714), and Gabriel Marcel (1889). After him are Joseph de Maistre (1753), Guy Debord (1931), Jacques Maritain (1882), Nicole Oresme (1323), Raymond Aron (1905), and Roger Garaudy (1913).