Who is Roland Barthes?

Who is Roland Barthes?

June 26, 2021 Off By Felso

He was a French philosopher who lived from 12 November 1915 to 25 March 1980.

He studied at the Sorbonne. He worked at the French National Center for Scientific Research. He taught semiotics at the Collège de France.

He is one of the founding names of semiotics. At the same time, he is considered one of the founding pioneers of postmodern thought.

It is not easy to classify Barthes’ evolution of thought. Because his intellectual adventure from structuralism to poststructuralism is not convenient to easily classify. It is necessary to count him as one of the founders of postmodern philosophy and as one of the most original theoretical practitioners of postmodern thought. The course of his work can be followed in order to understand his intellectual adventure.

The 1950s are the beginning years of Barthes’ literary studies. From these years on, he will deal with linguistics, literature, music, the establishment of semiotics as a science, and his works will emerge in a direction that changes in size and shows depth.

Barthes tries to carry the theses of linguistics (Saussurean Linguistics) to semiotics. Because after a certain point, everything takes on a view that can be read as indicator strings for him. Everything from random items in everyday life to fine works of art can and should be analyzed as an indicator. At this point, his understanding of semiotics stems from his effort to understand these sign systems, to solve their functioning structures, and thus to explain the structure of the world of meaning.

Roland Barthes died in Paris at the age of 65 as a result of a car accident.

Subject Headings
The language of love and the lover: Language is crazy
Barthes and Semiotic Studies

Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook