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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 508,525 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Gaston Bachelard is the 231st most popular philosopher (down from 220th in 2019), the 563rd most popular biography from France (down from 509th 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 231 out of 1,081Before him are Giorgio Agamben, Milarepa, Bernard Bolzano, Bayazid Bastami, Imre Lakatos, and Cratylus. After him are Pelagius, Benjamin Constant, Michael Psellos, Al-Jahiz, Josef Breuer, and Iamblichus.

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Among people born in 1884, Gaston Bachelard ranks 16Before him are Édouard Daladier, Peter Debye, Max Brod, Franz Halder, Theodor Heuss, and Theodor Svedberg. After him are Auguste Piccard, Walther von Reichenau, Hermann Rorschach, Friedrich Bergius, Otto Fritz Meyerhof, and Yevgeny Zamyatin. Among people deceased in 1962, Gaston Bachelard ranks 13Before him are Karen Blixen, Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Lucky Luciano, Georges Bataille, Yves Klein, and Arthur Compton. After him are Auguste Piccard, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Vasily Stalin, Natalia Goncharova, Hans Luther, and Fritz Kreisler.

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Among people born in France, Gaston Bachelard ranks 563 out of 6,011Before him are Childebert I (497), Antipope Clement VII (1342), Johann Heinrich Lambert (1728), Ansgar (801), Jacques Hébert (1757), and Marie Tussaud (1761). After him are Paul Sabatier (1854), Jean-Jacques Annaud (1943), Boris Vian (1920), Jules Michelet (1798), Richard Clayderman (1953), and Henrietta Maria of France (1609).


Among philosophers born in France, Gaston Bachelard ranks 31Before him are Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Marquis de Condorcet (1743), Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714), Gabriel Marcel (1889), Jean-François Lyotard (1924), and Joseph de Maistre (1753). After him are Guy Debord (1931), François Fénelon (1651), Jacques Maritain (1882), Nicole Oresme (1323), Roger Garaudy (1913), and Georges Sorel (1847).