Maurice Halbwachs

1877 - 1945

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Maurice Halbwachs (French: [mɔˈʁis ˈalbvaks]; 11 March 1877 – 16 March 1945) was a French philosopher and sociologist known for developing the concept of collective memory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Maurice Halbwachs has received more than 139,086 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Maurice Halbwachs is the 362nd most popular philosopher (up from 370th in 2019), the 1,015th most popular biography from France (up from 1,027th in 2019) and the 48th most popular French Philosopher.

Maurice Halbwachs is most famous for his theory of collective memory. He argued that social groups have a collective memory that is passed down from generation to generation.

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Among philosophers, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 362 out of 1,089Before him are Yi I, Wilhelm Windelband, Timon of Phlius, Francisco de Vitoria, Masanobu Fukuoka, and Antonio Negri. After him are Juan Ginés de Sepúlveda, H. L. A. Hart, John of Salisbury, Karl Rahner, Heinrich Rickert, and Gennadius Scholarius.

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Among people born in 1877, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 21Before him are Heinrich Otto Wieland, Kees van Dongen, Said Nursî, Kārlis Ulmanis, Arthur Cecil Pigou, and Alfred Cortot. After him are Oswald Avery, André Maginot, Karl Abraham, Niceto Alcalá-Zamora, Enrico De Nicola, and Henry Norris Russell. Among people deceased in 1945, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 80Before him are John Ambrose Fleming, Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, Else Lasker-Schüler, Ludwig Stumpfegger, Josef Terboven, and Konrad Henlein. After him are Kurt Gerstein, Hans Oster, Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger, Otto Neurath, Philipp Bouhler, and Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin.

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Among people born in France, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 1,015 out of 5,234Before him are Edmond Becquerel (1820), Marcel Carné (1906), Adélaïde of France (1732), Raymond Loewy (1893), Francis, Count of Vendôme (1470), and Pierre Janssen (1824). After him are Charles Trenet (1913), Philip I, Duke of Burgundy (1346), Charles Maurras (1868), Georges Brassens (1921), Fanny Ardant (1949), and Étienne Bézout (1730).


Among philosophers born in France, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 48Before him are Lucien Lévy-Bruhl (1857), Henri Lefebvre (1901), Bruno Latour (1947), Edgar Morin (1921), Antoine Arnauld (1612), and Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais (1782). After him are Jean Gerson (1363), René Girard (1923), Richard Avenarius (1843), Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples (1460), Pierre d'Ailly (1350), and Étienne Gilson (1884).