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Jean Buridan

1295 - 1361

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Jean Buridan (French: [byʁidɑ̃]; Latin: Johannes Buridanus; c. 1301 – c. 1359/62) was an influential 14th-century French philosopher. Buridan was a teacher in the faculty of arts at the University of Paris for his entire career who focused in particular on logic and the works of Aristotle. Buridan sowed the seeds of the Copernican Revolution in Europe. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Buridan has received more than 209,924 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Jean Buridan is the 174th most popular philosopher (down from 167th in 2019), the 352nd most popular biography from France (down from 342nd in 2019) and the 18th most popular French Philosopher.

Jean Buridan is most famous for his theory on the will. He believed that the will is free and can choose its own course of action.

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Among philosophers, Jean Buridan ranks 174 out of 1,081Before him are Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Marshall McLuhan, Paul Ricœur, Chrysippus, Porphyry, and Max Scheler. After him are Julien Offray de La Mettrie, Karl Kautsky, Solomon ibn Gabirol, José Ortega y Gasset, Pierre Gassendi, and Max Horkheimer.

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Among people born in 1295, Jean Buridan ranks 3Before him are Saint Roch and Isabella of France. After him are Nicephorus Gregoras, Henry Suso, Odo IV, Duke of Burgundy, Catherine of Austria, Duchess of Calabria, and Nicholas Orsini. Among people deceased in 1361, Jean Buridan ranks 1After him are Philippe de Vitry, Philip I, Duke of Burgundy, Johannes Tauler, Louis V, Duke of Bavaria, Blanche of Bourbon, Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster, Ingeborg of Norway, and Giovanni Dolfin.

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Among people born in France, Jean Buridan ranks 352 out of 6,011Before him are Jeanne d'Albret (1528), Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), Marguerite de Navarre (1492), Roger Martin du Gard (1881), Paul Ricœur (1913), and James I of Aragon (1208). After him are Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), Alfred Binet (1857), Constantine II (316), Jeanne Moreau (1928), Louis IV of France (920), and Baldwin I of Jerusalem (1058).


Among philosophers born in France, Jean Buridan ranks 18Before him are Charles Fourier (1772), Gilles Deleuze (1925), Simone Weil (1909), Jean Baudrillard (1929), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908), and Paul Ricœur (1913). After him are Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), Pierre Gassendi (1592), Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715), Ernest Renan (1823), Pierre Bayle (1647), and Nicolas Malebranche (1638).