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Jean Baudrillard

1929 - 2007

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Jean Baudrillard (UK: BOHD-rih-yar, US: BOHD-ree-AR, French: [ʒɑ̃ bodʁijaʁ]; 27 July 1929 – 6 March 2007) was a French sociologist, philosopher and poet with 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 2,119,773 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Jean Baudrillard is the 151st most popular philosopher (down from 147th in 2019), the 308th most popular biography from France (down from 295th in 2019) and the 15th 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 Baudrillard argues that we live in a world of media images and simulations, where the real has been replaced by the virtual.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 151 out of 1,081Before him are György Lukács, Martin Buber, Hans Kelsen, Duns Scotus, Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten, and Kabir. After him are Herbert Marcuse, Hippias, Adi Shankara, John Wycliffe, Louis Althusser, and Ernst Cassirer.

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Among people born in 1929, Jean Baudrillard ranks 16Before him are Jürgen Habermas, Sergio Leone, Imre Kertész, Jacques Brel, Hassan II of Morocco, and Max von Sydow. After him are Yayoi Kusama, Frank Gehry, Hafizullah Amin, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Christopher Plummer, and Irene Papas. Among people deceased in 2007, Jean Baudrillard ranks 6Before him are Boris Yeltsin, Ingmar Bergman, Luciano Pavarotti, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Mohammed Zahir Shah. After him are Marcel Marceau, Kurt Waldheim, Carlo Ponti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Ève Curie, and Paul Tibbets.

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Among people born in France, Jean Baudrillard ranks 308 out of 6,011Before him are Robert I, Duke of Normandy (1010), Louis, Duke of Burgundy (1682), Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (1738), Alfred Werner (1866), Bernard Arnault (1949), and Georges de La Tour (1593). After him are Édouard Daladier (1884), Frédéric Passy (1822), Isabella of France (1295), Chrétien de Troyes (1135), Fernand Braudel (1902), and Raynald of Châtillon (1123).


Among philosophers born in France, Jean Baudrillard ranks 15Before him are Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809), Roland Barthes (1915), Henri de Saint-Simon (1760), Charles Fourier (1772), Gilles Deleuze (1925), and Simone Weil (1909). After him are Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908), Paul Ricœur (1913), Jean Buridan (1295), Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), Pierre Gassendi (1592), and Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715).