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, psychology, psychoanalysis, language, nature, and history. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Merleau-Ponty has received more than 781,597 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Maurice Merleau-Ponty is the 145th most popular philosopher (up from 159th in 2019), the 295th most popular biography from France (up from 333rd in 2019) and the 14th 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 145 out of 1,089Before him are Isocrates, Clement of Alexandria, Baron d'Holbach, Wilhelm Dilthey, Rudolf Christoph Eucken, and Chanakya. After him are Marshall McLuhan, Jean Baudrillard, Simone Weil, Adam Weishaupt, Chrysippus, and Louis Althusser.

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Among people born in 1908, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 12Before him are Enver Hoxha, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Lyndon B. Johnson, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Skorzeny, and Ian Fleming. After him are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Olivier Messiaen, Bette Davis, Lev Landau, Geli Raubal, and Edward Teller. Among people deceased in 1961, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 8Before him are Carl Jung, Erwin Schrödinger, Dag Hammarskjöld, Patrice Lumumba, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and Gary Cooper. After him are Zog I of Albania, Jules Bordet, Rafael Trujillo, Emily Greene Balch, Kurt Meyer, and Frantz Fanon.

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Among people born in France, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 295 out of 5,234Before him are Joan I of Navarre (1273), Jules Massenet (1842), Robert II of France (972), Nadar (1820), François Quesnay (1694), and Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619). After him are Jean Baudrillard (1929), Serge Gainsbourg (1928), Francis de Sales (1567), Chlothar I (498), John the Fearless (1371), and Germaine de Staël (1766).


Among philosophers born in France, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 14Before him are Jean Bodin (1530), Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809), Roland Barthes (1915), Gilles Deleuze (1925), Charles Fourier (1772), and Henri de Saint-Simon (1760). After him are Jean Baudrillard (1929), Simone Weil (1909), Marquis de Condorcet (1743), Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715), Paul Ricœur (1913), and Jean Buridan (1295).