Lucien Lévy-Bruhl

1857 - 1939

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Lucien Lévy-Bruhl (10 April 1857 – 13 March 1939) was a French scholar trained in philosophy who furthered anthropology with his contributions to the budding fields of sociology and ethnology. His primary field of study involved primitive mentality. Born in Paris, Lévy-Bruhl wrote about the 'primitive mind' in his work How Natives Think (1910), where he posited, as the two basic mindsets of mankind, the "primitive" and the "modern." The primitive mind does not differentiate the supernatural from reality but uses "mystical participation" to manipulate the world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lucien Lévy-Bruhl has received more than 72,178 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Lucien Lévy-Bruhl is the 313th most popular philosopher (down from 308th in 2019), the 825th most popular biography from France (down from 772nd in 2019) and the 42nd most popular French Philosopher.

Lucien Lévy-Bruhl was a French anthropologist who is most famous for his work on the "primitive mind" and his theory of "participation mystique."

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Among philosophers, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl ranks 313 out of 1,089Before him are Hilary Putnam, Theano, Andronicus of Rhodes, David Strauss, Synesius, and Sebastian Brant. After him are Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, Alexander of Aphrodisias, Elena Cornaro Piscopia, Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi, and Francisco Suárez.

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Among people born in 1857, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl ranks 28Before him are Thorstein Veblen, Andrija Mohorovičić, Alexander of Battenberg, Julius Wagner-Jauregg, Karl Pearson, and Ronald Ross. After him are Joseph Babinski, Georg Michaelis, Aleksandr Lyapunov, 12th Dalai Lama, Georges Gilles de la Tourette, and Max Klinger. Among people deceased in 1939, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl ranks 16Before him are Werner von Fritsch, Anton Makarenko, Douglas Fairbanks, Edward Sapir, Karl Radek, and Philipp Scheidemann. After him are Matthias Sindelar, Ferdinand von Lindemann, Anthony Fokker, Antonio Machado, Alexander Yegorov, and Prince Valdemar of Denmark.

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Among people born in France, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl ranks 825 out of 5,234Before him are Sebastian Brant (1458), Bertrand du Guesclin (1320), Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (1974), Louis I, Duke of Anjou (1339), Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804), and Germaine of Foix (1488). After him are Georges Picquart (1854), Léon Bourgeois (1851), Jacques Callot (1592), Pierre Méchain (1744), Henri Fantin-Latour (1836), and Jean de La Bruyère (1645).


Among philosophers born in France, Lucien Lévy-Bruhl ranks 42Before him are Roger Garaudy (1913), François Fénelon (1651), Georges Sorel (1847), Félix Guattari (1930), Roscellinus (1050), and Sebastian Brant (1458). After him are Henri Lefebvre (1901), Bruno Latour (1947), Edgar Morin (1921), Antoine Arnauld (1612), Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais (1782), and Maurice Halbwachs (1877).