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. His work engaged in the analysis of a variety of sign systems, mainly derived from Western popular culture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roland Barthes has received more than 1,846,565 page views. His biography is available in 63 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Roland Barthes is the 101st most popular philosopher (down from 99th in 2019), the 192nd most popular biography from France (down from 190th in 2019) and the 10th most popular 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 101 out of 1,081Before him are Anaximenes of Miletus, Walter Benjamin, Mencius, Zhuang Zhou, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, and Isidore of Seville. After him are Ibn Taymiyyah, Theophrastus, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Henri de Saint-Simon, Jacques Derrida, and Aristippus.

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Among people born in 1915, Roland Barthes ranks 6Before him are Édith Piaf, Augusto Pinochet, Frank Sinatra, Anthony Quinn, and Ingrid Bergman. After him are Vasily Zaitsev, Moshe Dayan, David Rockefeller, Orson Welles, Paul Samuelson, and Eli Wallach. Among people deceased in 1980, Roland Barthes ranks 9Before him are Alfred Hitchcock, Karl Dönitz, Jean Piaget, John Lennon, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, and Erich Fromm. After him are Steve McQueen, Bon Scott, Jesse Owens, Colonel Sanders, Oskar Kokoschka, and Henry Miller.

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Among people born in France, Roland Barthes ranks 192 out of 6,011Before him are Alexis de Tocqueville (1805), Théodore Géricault (1791), Louis VII of France (1120), Alfred Sisley (1839), Alfred Dreyfus (1859), and Guy of Lusignan (1150). After him are André Breton (1896), Gustave Le Bon (1841), Vilfredo Pareto (1848), Jean Racine (1639), Georges Pompidou (1911), and Jacques de Molay (1243).


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 Henri de Saint-Simon (1760), Charles Fourier (1772), Gilles Deleuze (1925), Simone Weil (1909), Jean Baudrillard (1929), and Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908).