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Roscelin of Compiègne (c. 1050 – c. 1121), better known by his Latinized name Roscellinus Compendiensis or Rucelinus, was a French philosopher and theologian, often regarded as the founder of nominalism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roscellinus has received more than 105,939 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Roscellinus is the 292nd most popular philosopher (down from 286th in 2019), the 765th most popular biography from France and the 40th most popular French Philosopher.

Roscellinus was a medieval theologian who was famous for his commentary on the Gospel of John.

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Among philosophers, Roscellinus ranks 292 out of 1,267Before him are Mazdak, Paramahansa Yogananda, G. E. Moore, Francisco Suárez, Johann Reuchlin, and Crates of Thebes. After him are Alain Badiou, Thomas Carlyle, Arnaldus de Villa Nova, Alexander of Aphrodisias, James Ussher, and Otto Weininger.

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Among people born in 1050, Roscellinus ranks 6Before him are Hassan-i Sabbah, Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor, Pope Paschal II, Michael VII Doukas, and Peter the Hermit. After him are Frederick I, Duke of Swabia, Olaf III of Norway, Sviatopolk II of Kiev, Halsten Stenkilsson, Irnerius, and Walter Sans Avoir. Among people deceased in 1121, Roscellinus ranks 1After him are Al-Afdal Shahanshah, William of Champeaux, Floris II, Count of Holland, and Jón Ögmundsson.

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Among people born in France, Roscellinus ranks 765 out of 6,770Before him are Charles-François Daubigny (1817), Thomas Bangalter (1), Louis I, Duke of Bourbon (1279), Juliette Gréco (1927), Fanny Ardant (1949), and René Coty (1882). After him are Mylène Demongeot (1935), Princess Augusta of Bavaria (1788), Eugène Sue (1804), Joseph Justus Scaliger (1540), Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque (1902), and Eric Cantona (1966).


Among philosophers born in France, Roscellinus ranks 40Before him are Georges Sorel (1847), Nicole Oresme (1323), Raymond Aron (1905), Jacques Maritain (1882), François Fénelon (1651), and Bruno Latour (1947). After him are Sebastian Brant (1458), Henri Lefebvre (1901), Antoine Arnauld (1612), Félix Guattari (1930), Lucien Lévy-Bruhl (1857), and Edgar Morin (1921).