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Jean Baudrillard
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Baudrillard in 2004 at the European Graduate School
Born (1929-07-27)27 July 1929
Reims, France
Died 6 March 2007(2007-03-06) (aged 77)
Paris, France
Alma mater University of Paris
Era 20th-/21st-century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School
  • Continental philosophy
  • Western Marxism
  • post-Marxism
  • post-structuralism
  • postmodernism
Institutions
  • Paris X Nanterre
  • European Graduate School
Doctoral advisor Henri Lefebvre
Main interests
Notable ideas
  • Hyperreality
  • sign value
  • simulacra
  • desert of the real

Jean Baudrillard ( bohd-RIH-yar bohd-REE-ar 27 July 1929 – 6 March 2007) was a French sociologist, philosopher and cultural theorist. He is best known for his analyses of media, contemporary culture, and technological communication, as well as his formulation of concepts such as simulation and hyperreality. He wrote about diverse subjects, including consumerism, gender relations, economics, social history, art, Western foreign policy, and popular culture. Among his best known works are Seduction (1978), Simulacra and Simulation (1981), America (1986), and The Gulf War Did Not Take Place (1991). His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and specifically post-structuralism.

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