Jacques Ellul

1912 - 1994

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Jacques Ellul (; French: [ɛlyl]; January 6, 1912 – May 19, 1994) was a French philosopher, sociologist, lay theologian, and professor who was a noted Christian anarchist. Ellul was a longtime Professor of History and the Sociology of Institutions on the Faculty of Law and Economic Sciences at the University of Bordeaux. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques Ellul has received more than 757,976 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Jacques Ellul is the 565th most popular philosopher (up from 586th in 2019), the 1,767th most popular biography from France (up from 1,788th in 2019) and the 74th most popular Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Jacques Ellul ranks 565 out of 1,081Before him are Zhou Dunyi, Luis de Molina, Werner Jaeger, Georges Canguilhem, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Ludwig Büchner. After him are Stein Rokkan, Étienne Balibar, Zengzi, Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Henry Corbin, and Anaxarchus.

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Among people born in 1912, Jacques Ellul ranks 86Before him are Woody Guthrie, Chaïm Perelman, Arne Næss, Richard Brooks, Sohn Kee-chung, and Hugh Griffith. After him are Shoichi Nishimura, Perry Como, Philibert Tsiranana, Jean Améry, Jiří Trnka, and Igor Markevitch. Among people deceased in 1994, Jacques Ellul ranks 73Before him are Max Bill, James Clavell, Cab Calloway, Lionel Stander, Clement Greenberg, and Kuvempu. After him are Nikolai Ogarkov, Howard Martin Temin, Yevgeny Leonov, Johannes Steinhoff, Jean Borotra, and Walter Lantz.

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Among people born in France, Jacques Ellul ranks 1,767 out of 6,011Before him are Paul Pelliot (1878), Charles Huntziger (1880), Prince Ferdinand, Duke of Alençon (1844), Pierre-Paul Prud'hon (1758), Cabu (1938), and Henri Delaunay (1883). After him are Michelle of Valois (1395), Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848), Ravachol (1859), Jules Brunet (1838), Maurice Herzog (1919), and Jean de Meun (1240).


Among philosophers born in France, Jacques Ellul ranks 74Before him are Antoine Destutt de Tracy (1754), Émile Chartier (1868), Victor Cousin (1792), Guillaume Budé (1467), Berengar of Tours (998), and Georges Canguilhem (1904). After him are Étienne Balibar (1942), Henry Corbin (1903), Paul Virilio (1932), Maurice Blondel (1861), Paul Nizan (1905), and Yves Bonnefoy (1923).