Jean Baudrillard

1929 - 2007

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Jean Baudrillard (French: [ʒɑ̃ bodʁijaʁ], UK: , US: , ; 27 July 1929 – 6 March 2007) was a French sociologist and philosopher with an interest in cultural studies. He is best known for his analyses of media, contemporary culture, and technological communication, as well as his formulation of concepts such as hyperreality. Baudrillard wrote about diverse subjects, including consumerism, critique of economy, social history, aesthetics, Western foreign policy, and popular culture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Baudrillard has received more than 2,475,930 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Jean Baudrillard is the 166th most popular philosopher (down from 149th in 2019), the 368th most popular biography from France (down from 308th in 2019) and the 16th most popular French Philosopher.

Jean Baudrillard is most famous for his theory of simulacra, which he defines as a copy without an original. Baudrillard argues that we live in a world of media images and simulations, where the real has been replaced by the virtual.

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Among philosophers, Jean Baudrillard ranks 166 out of 1,267Before him are Hippias, Chrysippus, Sextus Empiricus, Kabir, Han Fei, and Jean Buridan. After him are Jiddu Krishnamurti, Max Horkheimer, Cesare Beccaria, Athanasius Kircher, Al-Ash'ari, and Mikhail Bakhtin.

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Among people born in 1929, Jean Baudrillard ranks 18Before him are Hassan II of Morocco, Imre Kertész, Irene Papas, Jacques Brel, Yayoi Kusama, and Michael Ende. After him are Frank Gehry, Oriana Fallaci, Peter Higgs, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Max von Sydow, and Sándor Kocsis. Among people deceased in 2007, Jean Baudrillard ranks 7Before him are Ingmar Bergman, Boris Yeltsin, Luciano Pavarotti, Michelangelo Antonioni, Kurt Waldheim, and Karlheinz Stockhausen. After him are Ève Curie, Marcel Marceau, Anna Nicole Smith, Mstislav Rostropovich, Paul Tibbets, and Kurt Vonnegut.

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Among people born in France, Jean Baudrillard ranks 368 out of 6,770Before him are Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), Jean Buridan (1295), Guillaume de Machaut (1300), Henri Charrière (1906), Pope Nicholas II (990), and Philip the Bold (1342). After him are Nicolas Appert (1749), Alain Prost (1955), Charles, Count of Valois (1270), Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1674), Theodor Eicke (1892), and Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (1834).


Among philosophers born in France, Jean Baudrillard ranks 16Before him are Roland Barthes (1915), Gilles Deleuze (1925), Henri de Saint-Simon (1760), Simone Weil (1909), Charles Fourier (1772), and Jean Buridan (1295). After him are Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715), Ernest Renan (1823), Pierre Bayle (1647), Paul Ricœur (1913), Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), and Marquis de Condorcet (1743).