PHILOSOPHER

Michel Foucault

1926 - 1984

Michel Foucault

Paul-Michel Foucault (UK: FOO-koh, US: foo-KOH, French: [pɔl miʃɛl fuko]; 15 October 1926 – 25 June 1984), generally known as Michel Foucault, was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist and literary critic. Foucault's theories primarily address the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions. Though often cited as a post-structuralist and postmodernist, Foucault rejected these labels. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michel Foucault has received more than 4,616,646 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 42nd most popular philosopher.

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  • 85

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  • 11.20

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.44

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Among PHILOSOPHERS

Among philosophers, Michel Foucault ranks 40 out of 1,005Before him are Diogenes, Democritus, Plutarch, Auguste Comte, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Thomas More. After him are Maria Montessori, Al-Farabi, Michel de Montaigne, Origen, Al-Ghazali, and John Amos Comenius.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1926, Michel Foucault ranks 4Before him are Elizabeth II, Marilyn Monroe, and Fidel Castro. After him are Ingvar Kamprad, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Chuck Berry, Sathya Sai Baba, Leslie Nielsen, Beji Caid Essebsi, Miles Davis, and Jiang Zemin. Among people deceased in 1984, Michel Foucault ranks 1After him are Richard Burton, Yuri Andropov, Indira Gandhi, Paul Dirac, François Truffaut, Johnny Weissmuller, Mikhail Sholokhov, Ed Gein, Ray Kroc, Marvin Gaye, and Martin Niemöller.

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In France

Among people born in France, Michel Foucault ranks 46 out of 4,109Before him are Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841), Brigitte Bardot (1934), Charles Baudelaire (1821), André-Marie Ampère (1775), Pierre Curie (1859), and Louis XIII of France (1601). After him are Cardinal Richelieu (1585), Eugène Delacroix (1798), Gustave Eiffel (1832), Claudius (-10), Auguste Rodin (1840), and Philip IV of France (1268).