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Lévy-Brühl, Lucien (1857–1939) By Guédon, Cécile

DOI: 10.4324/0123456789-REM1822-1
Published: 26/04/2018
Retrieved: 23 April 2024, from


Lucien Lévy-Brühl was a French philosopher who taught philosophy at the Sorbonne from 1899 to 1927. Investigating the psychology of ‘primitive’ societies, his book Les Fonctions mentales dans les sociétés primitives (1910) made a distinguished contribution to the study of archaic religion and mythology, shaping the budding discipline of anthropology. Lévy-Brühl’s interest in irrational as well as mystical forms of engagement with the world – thought to be characteristic of ‘primitive’ societies – inflected subsequent research towards a pluralistic and relativistic sociology.

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Guédon, Cécile. Lévy-Brühl, Lucien (1857–1939). Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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