French philosopher best remembered for his exploration of theories like structuralism, semiotics, social theory, and anthropology.
He earned a degree in Classical Letters from the Sorbonne in Paris. He battled tuberculosis during this time.
His work A Lover's Discourse: Fragments served as the inspiration for the 1980s New Wave group The Lover Speaks.
His family was residing in the town of Cherbourg in Normandy when he was born.
He and actor Sam Waterston both spent time studying at the Sorbonne in Paris.