Paul Nizan

1905 - 1940

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Paul-Yves Nizan (French: [nizɑ̃]; 7 February 1905 – 23 May 1940) was a French philosopher and writer. He was born in Tours, Indre-et-Loire and studied in Paris where he befriended fellow student Jean-Paul Sartre at the Lycée Henri IV. He became a member of the French Communist Party, and much of his writing reflects his political beliefs, although he resigned from the party soon after the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact in 1939. He died in the Battle of Dunkirk, fighting against the German army in World War II. His works include the novels Antoine Bloye (1933), Le Cheval de Troie [The Trojan Horse] and La Conspiration [The Conspiracy] (1938), as well as the essays "Les Chiens de garde" ["The Watchdogs"] (1932) and "Aden Arabie" (1931), which introduced him to a new audience when it was republished in 1960 with a foreword by Sartre. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Nizan has received more than 74,449 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Paul Nizan is the 641st most popular philosopher (up from 758th in 2019), the 2,041st most popular biography from France (up from 2,332nd in 2019) and the 85th most popular French Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Paul Nizan ranks 641 out of 1,089Before him are Cebes, Eduard Zeller, Robert Filmer, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Chaïm Perelman, and Wang Bi. After him are Kanada, Usman dan Fodio, Shen Buhai, Antonio Rosmini, Franz Xaver von Baader, and Maximus of Tyre.

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Among people born in 1905, Paul Nizan ranks 93Before him are Giacinto Scelsi, Myrna Loy, Rudolf Christoph Freiherr von Gersdorff, Jean Daniélou, Natalia Pavlovna Paley, and Yen Chia-kan. After him are Martin Gottfried Weiss, Abraham Zapruder, Shojiro Sugimura, Maria von Trapp, Karl Rappan, and Franjo Šeper. Among people deceased in 1940, Paul Nizan ranks 54Before him are Édouard Branly, Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval, Joseph Meister, Anton Korošec, Mirsaid Sultan-Galiev, and Willi Münzenberg. After him are Nedo Nadi, Alfred Loisy, Arthur Zimmermann, Wilhelm Dörpfeld, Jehan Alain, and Luigi Orione.

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Among people born in France, Paul Nizan ranks 2,041 out of 5,234Before him are Michel Fourniret (1942), François de Neufville, duc de Villeroy (1644), Jean Prouvé (1901), John III, Duke of Brittany (1286), Phillipe de Plessis (1165), and René Fonck (1894). After him are François Pierre La Varenne (1618), Bernard Lyot (1897), Alizée (1984), Louis, Duke of Vendôme (1612), Victor Noir (1848), and Alain Giresse (1952).


Among philosophers born in France, Paul Nizan ranks 85Before him are Gersonides (1288), Yves Bonnefoy (1923), Pierre Charron (1541), Maurice Blondel (1861), Fulbert of Chartres (960), and Jean-Marie Guyau (1854). After him are Julien Benda (1867), Jean Hyppolite (1907), Gilbert de la Porrée (1070), Étienne Balibar (1942), Peter John Olivi (1248), and Vladimir Jankélévitch (1903).