Human lives are undoubtedly filled with infinite complexities. Philosophy can be termed as a study of such complexities revolving around our lives, and an attempt to deal with them better. Many countries around the world have produced great philosophers, who have influenced the world with their thoughts, and like any other country France has its own list of great philosophers. 'Prejudices are what fools use for reason', is one such famous saying by French writer and philosopher, Voltaire. Philosophy makes a positive impact on human beings, since it changes their approach towards life. Philosophy has also indirectly paved way for better literature, since many writers started weaving their tales around philosophical theories.  Over the years France has produced some of the greatest thinkers comprising of names such as Peter Abelard, Pierre d'Ailly, Émile Chartier and Ferdinand Alquié. Some of the famous works of these individuals include ‘Petit Traité d'Harmonie pour les aveugles’, ‘Logica Ingredientibus’ and ‘Histoire littéraire de la France’. Here we bring you a collection of biographies of some of the most famous French philosophers. Read on and find out all about their life stories, timelines and also few interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913
Michel FoucaultMichel Foucault
15 October 1926
French philosopher

21 November 1694

Jean-Paul SartreJean-Paul Sartre
21 June 1905

Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Jacques Rousseau
28 June 1712
Philosopher, Writer, & Composer

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir
09 January 1908
Blaise PascalBlaise Pascal
19 June 1623
French Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer

Jacques DerridaJacques Derrida
15 July 1930

Albert SchweitzerAlbert Schweitzer
14 January 1875
Philosopher, Theologian
Baron de MontesquieuMontesquieu
18 January 1689

Auguste ComteAuguste Comte
19 January 1798
Michel de MontaigneMichel de Montaigne
28 February 1533

Pierre-Joseph ProudhonPierre-Joseph Proudhon
15 January 1809

Roland BarthesRoland Barthes
12 November 1915
French Literary Theorist & Philosopher

René GirardRené Girard
25 December 1923

Denis DiderotDenis Diderot
05 October 1713
Henri BergsonHenri Bergson
18 October 1859
Philosopher and Writer

Louis AlthusserLouis Althusser
16 October 1918

Georges BatailleGeorges Bataille
10 September 1897

Pierre Teilhard de ChardinPierre Teilhard de Chardin
01 May 1881
Marquis de CondorcetMarquis de Condorcet
17 September 1743
Mathematician, Philosopher

Emile DurkheimEmile Durkheim
15 April 1858
Sociologist & Philosopher
René DéscartesRené Déscartes
31 March 1596
Mathematician, Philosopher and Writer

Jean Le Rond d’AlembertJean Le Rond d’Alembert
16 November 1717
Mathematician, Physicist, Philosopher And Musical

Frantz FanonFrantz Fanon
20 July 1925
Gilles DeleuzeGilles Deleuze
18 January 1925
Philosopher, Historian, Writer, University

Jean BaudrillardJean Baudrillard
27 July 1929
Pierre BourdieuPierre Bourdieu
01 August 1930
Philosopher, Sociologist, Anthropologist,

Savitri DeviSavitri Devi
30 September 1905
Writer, Poet

Bernard StieglerBernard Stiegler
01 April 1952
Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
15 July 1848
Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist,

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Peter AbelardPeter Abelard
1079 AD
Guy DebordGuy Debord
28 December 1931
Film maker, Artist, Philosopher, Film director,

Jacques EllulJacques Ellul
06 January 1912
Theologian, Philosopher, Writer, Sociologist,

Arthur de GobineauArthur de Gobineau
14 July 1816
Racial theorist, Philosopher, Writer, Diplomat,

Alain BadiouAlain Badiou
17 January 1937
Philosopher, Novelist, Playwright, Editor,
Charles FourierCharles Fourier
07 April 1772
Economist, Sociologist, Philosopher
Bruno LatourBruno Latour
22 June 1947
Philosopher, Anthropologist, Sociologist,

Julia KristevaJulia Kristeva
24 June 1941
Philosopher, Writer, Feminist

Maurice Merleau-PontyMaurice Merleau-Ponty
14 March 1908
Philosopher, Professor

Joseph de MaistreJoseph de Maistre
01 April 1753
Émilie du ChâteletÉmilie du Châtelet
17 December 1706

Gustave Le BonGustave Le Bon
07 May 1841
Physician, Anthropologist, Archaeologist,

Georges SorelGeorges Sorel
02 November 1847
Philosopher, Engineer, Sociologist, Writer, Trade

Jean-François LyotardJean-François Lyotard
10 August 1924
Philosopher, Philologist, Writer, Linguist,

Henri LefebvreHenri Lefebvre
16 June 1901
Philosopher, Politician, Sociologist, University
Germaine de StaëlGermaine de Staël
22 April 1766

Emmanuel LevinasEmmanuel Levinas
12 January 1906
Philosopher, University teacher, Ethicist, Writer
1101 AD
French nun

Alain de BenoistAlain de Benoist
11 December 1943
Journalist, Philosopher

Michel OnfrayMichel Onfray
01 January 1959
Philosopher, Writer, Historian, Essayist, Audio
Gaston BachelardGaston Bachelard
27 June 1884
Philosopher, Poet, Writer, University teacher

Paul RicœurPaul Ricœur
27 February 1913
Allan KardecAllan Kardec
03 October 1804
Writer, Teacher, Philosopher

Félix GuattariFélix Guattari
30 April 1930

Ernest RenanErnest Renan
27 February 1823

Luce IrigarayLuce Irigaray
03 May 1930
Philosopher, Linguist, University teacher,

George SteinerGeorge Steiner
23 April 1929
Philosopher, Novelist, Writer, University teacher,
Raymond AronRaymond Aron
14 March 1905
Journalist, Philosopher, Writer, Political

Jacques MaritainJacques Maritain
18 November 1882
Philosopher, Educationist, Writer

Marcel MaussMarcel Mauss
10 May 1872
Politician, Sociologist, Ethnologist,

Jean BodinJean Bodin
1529 AD
jurist, philosopher, economist, historian,
Cornelius CastoriadisCornelius Castoriadis
11 March 1922
Philosopher, Economist, Writer, University

Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 October 1767
Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Diarist
Eliphas LeviEliphas Levi
08 February 1810
Philosopher, Non-fiction writer, Occultist

François QuesnayFrançois Quesnay
04 June 1694
Philosopher, Economist, Physician,

Raphaël EnthovenRaphaël Enthoven
09 November 1975
Radio personality, Television presenter,
Louis Auguste BlanquiLouis Auguste Blanqui
08 February 1805

John Scotus EriugenaJohn Scotus Eriugena
0815 AD
Maurice BlanchotMaurice Blanchot
22 September 1907
Philosopher, Writer, Journalist, Literary critic

Gabriel MarcelGabriel Marcel
07 December 1889
Playwright, Philosopher, Writer, University

Jean-Luc NancyJean-Luc Nancy
26 July 1940
Philosopher, Historian
Nicolas MalebrancheNicolas Malebranche
06 August 1638
Philosopher, Writer, Theologian

Edgar MorinEdgar Morin
08 July 1921
Politician, Philosopher, Sociologist, Director of
Paul VirilioPaul Virilio
04 January 1932
Philosopher, Writer, Architect, Urban planner,

Michel de CerteauMichel de Certeau
17 May 1925
Historian, Philosopher, University teacher

Tzvetan TodorovTzvetan Todorov
01 March 1939
Non-fiction writer, Historian, Semiologist,

Jacques BarzunJacques Barzun
30 November 1907
Cultural historian, Historian, Philosopher,
Pierre JanetPierre Janet
30 May 1859
Michel SerresMichel Serres
01 September 1930
Philosopher, Writer

Nicole OresmeNicole Oresme
1320 AD

Édouard GlissantÉdouard Glissant
21 September 1928

Marin MersenneMarin Mersenne
08 September 1588
Philosopher, Theologian, Mathematician,
Pierre BaylePierre Bayle
18 November 1647
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher,

Pierre GassendiPierre Gassendi
22 January 1592
Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer, Professor,

Georges DumézilGeorges Dumézil
04 March 1898
French philologist

Roger GaraudyRoger Garaudy
17 July 1913
Politician, Philosopher, Writer, Holocaust denial,

Jean-Luc MarionJean-Luc Marion
03 July 1946
Philosopher, Theologian, Writer, University
Alain FinkielkrautAlain Finkielkraut
30 June 1949
Philosopher, Radio personality, Writer, University

Jean de La BruyèreJean de La Bruyère
16 August 1645
Quentin MeillassouxQuentin Meillassoux
26 October 1967

Claude Adrien HelvétiusClaude Adrien Helvétius
26 January 1715
Philosopher, Writer, French moralists
Étienne BalibarÉtienne Balibar
23 April 1942
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher
Émile ChartierÉmile Chartier
03 March 1868