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Judith Butler

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Judith Pamela Butler (born February 24, 1956) is an American philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics, and the fields of third-wave feminism, queer theory, and literary theory. In 1993, Butler began teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, where they have served, beginning in 1998, as the Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory. They are also the Hannah Arendt Chair at the European Graduate School.Butler is best known for their books Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990) and Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex (1993), in which they challenge conventional notions of gender and develop their theory of gender performativity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Judith Butler has received more than 3,104,652 page views. Her biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Judith Butler is the 353rd most popular philosopher (down from 345th in 2019), the 966th most popular biography from United States (down from 934th in 2019) and the 9th most popular American Philosopher.

Judith Butler is most famous for her work in gender theory. She argues that gender is not a biological fact, but rather a social construct. Butler's work has been highly influential in feminist and queer theory.

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Among philosophers, Judith Butler ranks 353 out of 1,081Before her are E. H. Carr, Wang Yangming, Hermann Cohen, Pietro Pomponazzi, Richard Rorty, and Daniel Dennett. After her are J. L. Austin, Pompeia Plotina, Wilhelm Windelband, Euclid of Megara, René Girard, and Nachmanides.

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Among people born in 1956, Judith Butler ranks 23Before her are Carrie Fisher, José Manuel Barroso, Linda Hamilton, David Sassoli, Gina Haspel, and Ingemar Stenmark. After her are Martina Navratilova, Chris Isaak, Kim Cattrall, Imelda Staunton, Danny Boyle, and Giuseppe Tornatore.

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Among people born in United States, Judith Butler ranks 966 out of 18,182Before her are Richard Rorty (1931), Daniel Dennett (1942), Murray Rothbard (1926), Carl Weathers (1948), Mel Ferrer (1917), and Mark Wahlberg (1971). After her are Joel Schumacher (1939), Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), Richard E. Byrd (1888), Peggy Guggenheim (1898), Susan B. Anthony (1820), and Virginia Apgar (1909).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United States

Among philosophers born in United States, Judith Butler ranks 9Before her are Robert Nozick (1938), John Searle (1932), Anne Sullivan (1866), Hilary Putnam (1926), Richard Rorty (1931), and Daniel Dennett (1942). After her are Ronald Dworkin (1931), Willard Van Orman Quine (1908), Nelson Goodman (1906), Martha Nussbaum (1947), Kenneth Waltz (1924), and Tom Regan (1938).