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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 990,910 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Maurice Merleau-Ponty is the 168th most popular philosopher (down from 145th in 2019), the 343rd most popular biography from France (down from 294th in 2019) and the 16th 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 168 out of 1,081Before him are Mikhail Bakhtin, Padmasambhava, Alcuin, Cesare Beccaria, Carl Schmitt, and Friedrich Schleiermacher. After him are Marshall McLuhan, Paul Ricœur, Chrysippus, Porphyry, Max Scheler, and Jean Buridan.

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Among people born in 1908, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 15Before him are Lyndon B. Johnson, Otto Skorzeny, Ian Fleming, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Olivier Messiaen, and Lev Landau. After him are Bette Davis, Simon Wiesenthal, Geli Raubal, Anna Magnani, John Bardeen, and Edward Teller. Among people deceased in 1961, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 8Before him are Carl Jung, Erwin Schrödinger, Dag Hammarskjöld, Patrice Lumumba, Gary Cooper, and Louis-Ferdinand Céline. After him are Emily Greene Balch, Jules Bordet, Zog I of Albania, Rafael Trujillo, Adnan Menderes, and Frantz Fanon.

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Among people born in France, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 343 out of 6,011Before him are Diane de Poitiers (1499), Jean Renoir (1894), Gaspard-Gustave de Coriolis (1792), Elisabeth of France (1602), Raymond Poincaré (1860), and Charles, Count of Valois (1270). After him are Jean Arp (1886), Gustave Moreau (1826), Jeanne d'Albret (1528), Joseph Marie Jacquard (1752), Marguerite de Navarre (1492), and Roger Martin du Gard (1881).


Among philosophers born in France, Maurice Merleau-Ponty ranks 16Before him are Roland Barthes (1915), Henri de Saint-Simon (1760), Charles Fourier (1772), Gilles Deleuze (1925), Simone Weil (1909), and Jean Baudrillard (1929). After him are Paul Ricœur (1913), Jean Buridan (1295), Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709), Pierre Gassendi (1592), Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715), and Ernest Renan (1823).