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 cultural theorist. He is best known for his analyses of media, contemporary culture, and technological communication, as well as his formulation of concepts such as simulation and hyperreality. He wrote about diverse subjects, including consumerism, gender relations, economics, social history, art, Western foreign policy, and popular culture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Baudrillard has received more than 1,663,940 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Jean Baudrillard is the 147th most popular philosopher (up from 148th in 2019), the 296th most popular biography from France 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 Baudrillard argues that we live in a world of media images and simulations, where the real has been replaced by the virtual.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 147 out of 1,089Before him are Baron d'Holbach, Wilhelm Dilthey, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, Chanakya, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Marshall McLuhan. After him are Simone Weil, Adam Weishaupt, Chrysippus, Louis Althusser, Jakob Böhme, and Carl Schmitt.

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Among people born in 1929, Jean Baudrillard ranks 14Before him are Jürgen Habermas, Sergio Leone, Max von Sydow, Lev Yashin, Grace Kelly, and Imre Kertész. After him are Jacques Brel, Michael Ende, Frank Gehry, Hassan II of Morocco, Christopher Plummer, and Alejandro Jodorowsky. Among people deceased in 2007, Jean Baudrillard ranks 6Before him are Boris Yeltsin, Luciano Pavarotti, Ingmar Bergman, Michelangelo Antonioni, and Kurt Waldheim. After him are Karlheinz Stockhausen, Carlo Ponti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kurt Vonnegut, Mohammed Zahir Shah, and Marcel Marceau.

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Among people born in France, Jean Baudrillard ranks 296 out of 5,234Before him are Jules Massenet (1842), Robert II of France (972), Nadar (1820), François Quesnay (1694), Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619), and Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908). After him are Serge Gainsbourg (1928), Francis de Sales (1567), Chlothar I (498), John the Fearless (1371), Germaine de Staël (1766), and Simone Weil (1909).


Among philosophers born in France, Jean Baudrillard ranks 15Before him are Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809), Roland Barthes (1915), Gilles Deleuze (1925), Charles Fourier (1772), Henri de Saint-Simon (1760), and Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908). After him are Simone Weil (1909), Marquis de Condorcet (1743), Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715), Paul Ricœur (1913), Jean Buridan (1295), and Ernest Renan (1823).