Roland Barthes

1915 - 1980

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Roland Gérard Barthes (; French: [ʁɔlɑ̃ baʁt]; 12 November 1915 – 26 March 1980) was a French literary theorist, essayist, philosopher, critic, and semiotician. Barthes' 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 1,646,251 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Roland Barthes is the 99th most popular philosopher (down from 94th in 2019), the 190th most popular biography from France (down from 182nd in 2019) and the 10th most popular French Philosopher.

Roland Barthes is most famous for his book "The Death of the Author." In this book, he argues that the author's intention is not the final word on a text. Rather, the text should be interpreted and analyzed from the perspective of the reader.

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Among philosophers, Roland Barthes ranks 99 out of 1,089Before him are Gorgias, Isidore of Seville, Athanasius of Alexandria, Al-Kindi, Zhuang Zhou, and Gregory of Nazianzus. After him are Philo, Theophrastus, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Meister Eckhart, Gilles Deleuze, and Ibn Taymiyyah.

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Among people born in 1915, Roland Barthes ranks 7Before him are Édith Piaf, Augusto Pinochet, Frank Sinatra, Anthony Quinn, Ingrid Bergman, and David Rockefeller. After him are Vasily Zaitsev, Moshe Dayan, Orson Welles, Arthur Miller, Eli Wallach, and Paul Samuelson. Among people deceased in 1980, Roland Barthes ranks 11Before him are Karl Dönitz, Jean Piaget, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Erich Fromm, Jesse Owens, and Steve McQueen. After him are Bon Scott, Oskar Kokoschka, Marshall McLuhan, Henry Miller, Colonel Sanders, and Tamara de Lempicka.

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Among people born in France, Roland Barthes ranks 190 out of 5,234Before him are Petronius (27), Thérèse of Lisieux (1873), Charles IV of France (1294), Pope Benedict XII (1280), Honoré Daumier (1808), and Saint Roch (1295). After him are Gustave Doré (1832), Henri Rousseau (1844), Henry II of England (1133), Cyrano de Bergerac (1619), Jean Racine (1639), and Margaret of Valois (1553).


Among philosophers born in France, Roland Barthes ranks 10Before him are Michel de Montaigne (1533), Michel Foucault (1926), 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), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908), Jean Baudrillard (1929), and Simone Weil (1909).