Maurice Merleau-Ponty

1908 - 1961

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Maurice Jean Jacques Merleau-Ponty (French: [mɔʁis mɛʁlo pɔ̃ti, moʁ-]; 14 March 1908 – 3 May 1961) was a French phenomenological philosopher, strongly influenced by Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. The constitution of meaning in human experience was his main interest and he wrote on perception, art, politics, religion, biology, psychology, psychoanalysis, language, nature, and history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Merleau-Ponty has received more than 1,178,498 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Maurice Merleau-Ponty is the 192nd most popular philosopher (down from 165th in 2019), the 428th most popular biography from France (down from 343rd in 2019) and the 25th most popular French Philosopher.

Maurice Merleau-Ponty was a French philosopher, and he is most famous for his work in phenomenology. He was also a professor of philosophy at the University of Lyon.

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Among philosophers, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 192 out of 1,267Before him are Bernard Bolzano, Ibn Tufail, Nicolas Malebranche, Jakob Böhme, Emmanuel Levinas, and Pierre Gassendi. After him are Baltasar Gracián, Slavoj Žižek, Diotima of Mantinea, Solomon ibn Gabirol, Melissus of Samos, and Muhammad Abduh.

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Among people born in 1908, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 20Before him are Olivier Messiaen, John Bardeen, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Geli Raubal, Simon Wiesenthal, and Ian Fleming. After him are Mika Waltari, Anna Magnani, David Oistrakh, Nelson Rockefeller, Hannes Alfvén, and Joseph McCarthy. Among people deceased in 1961, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 11Before him are Dag Hammarskjöld, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Emily Greene Balch, Gary Cooper, Percy Williams Bridgman, and Jules Bordet. After him are Mohammed V of Morocco, Rafael Trujillo, Otto Loewi, Adnan Menderes, Frantz Fanon, and Zog I of Albania.

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Among people born in France, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 428 out of 6,770Before him are Émilie du Châtelet (1706), Marc Bloch (1886), Pauline Bonaparte (1780), Pierre Gassendi (1592), Giambologna (1529), and Eugène François Vidocq (1775). After him are Alfred Binet (1857), Jean Dubuffet (1901), Odilon Redon (1840), André Le Nôtre (1613), Alphonse de Lamartine (1790), and Jean Monnet (1888).


Among philosophers born in France, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 25Before him are Pierre Bayle (1647), Paul Ricœur (1913), Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), Marquis de Condorcet (1743), Nicolas Malebranche (1638), and Pierre Gassendi (1592). After him are Étienne Bonnot de Condillac (1714), Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Jean-François Lyotard (1924), Gabriel Marcel (1889), Joseph de Maistre (1753), and Gaston Bachelard (1884).