Roland Barthes

1915 - 1980

Roland Barthes

Roland Gérard Barthes (; French: [ʁɔlɑ̃ baʁt]; 12 November 1915 – 26 March 1980) was a French literary theorist, essayist, philosopher, critic, and semiotician. Barthes's ideas explored a diverse range of fields and he influenced the development of many schools of theory, including structuralism, semiotics, social theory, design theory, anthropology, and post-structuralism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roland Barthes has received more than 1,372,713 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 97th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Roland Barthes ranks 95 out of 1,005Before him are John of Damascus, Friedrich Fröbel, Carl von Clausewitz, Isidore of Seville, Johann Gottfried Herder, and Nagarjuna. After him are Zhuang Zhou, Jacques Derrida, Athanasius of Alexandria, Ibn Arabi, Tommaso Campanella, and Meister Eckhart.

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Among people born in 1915, Roland Barthes ranks 6Before him are Édith Piaf, Augusto Pinochet, Frank Sinatra, Ingrid Bergman, and Anthony Quinn. After him are Vasily Zaitsev, Moshe Dayan, David Rockefeller, Orson Welles, Arthur Miller, and Yitzhak Shamir. Among people deceased in 1980, Roland Barthes ranks 8Before him are Josip Broz Tito, John Lennon, Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Piaget, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and Erich Fromm. After him are Jesse Owens, Karl Dönitz, Steve McQueen, Bon Scott, Henry Miller, and Oskar Kokoschka.

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Among people born in France, Roland Barthes ranks 183 out of 4,109Before him are André Breton (1896), Georges Seurat (1859), Vilfredo Pareto (1848), Pope Innocent VI (1282), Pope Sylvester II (938), and Philip VI of France (1293). After him are Louis Daguerre (1787), Georges Pompidou (1911), Alexis de Tocqueville (1805), Nicéphore Niépce (1765), Charles IV of France (1294), and Théodore Géricault (1791).


Among philosophers born in France, Roland Barthes ranks 10Before him are Michel Foucault (1926), Michel de Montaigne (1533), Henri Bergson (1859), Peter Abelard (1079), Jean Bodin (1530), and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809). After him are Gilles Deleuze (1925), Charles Fourier (1772), Henri de Saint-Simon (1760), Simone Weil (1909), Jean Baudrillard (1929), and Marquis de Condorcet (1743).

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