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 198,549 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Maurice Halbwachs is the 349th most popular philosopher (up from 379th in 2019), the 962nd most popular biography from France (up from 1,102nd in 2019) and the 47th 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 349 out of 1,267Before him are Shahab al-Din Yahya ibn Habash Suhrawardi, Uriel da Costa, Richard Rorty, Hipparchia of Maroneia, Gaius Musonius Rufus, and Günther Anders. After him are Otto Neurath, Pietro Pomponazzi, Isaac Abarbanel, Haji Bektash Veli, Juan Luis Vives, and Jacques Rancière.

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Among people born in 1877, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 18Before him are Louis Renault, Raoul Dufy, Kees van Dongen, Said Nursî, Gabriele Münter, and Kārlis Ulmanis. After him are Alfred Cortot, Edgar Cayce, Arthur Cecil Pigou, Enrico De Nicola, Oswald Avery, and Karl Abraham. Among people deceased in 1945, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 69Before him are Kurt Knispel, Arthur Nebe, Carl Friedrich Goerdeler, Juana Bormann, Heinrich Wölfflin, and Odilo Globočnik. After him are Otto Neurath, Edgar Cayce, Konrad Henlein, Eduard Bloch, Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, and Yun Chi-ho.

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Among people born in France, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 962 out of 6,770Before him are Marie Louise Gonzaga (1611), Hector Guimard (1867), Anne Marie Louise d'Orléans, Duchess of Montpensier (1627), Jean-Pierre Papin (1963), Childebert III (678), and Joan II, Countess of Burgundy (1292). After him are André-Hercule de Fleury (1653), Karim Benzema (1987), Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741), Laura de Noves (1310), Thierry Henry (1977), and Jules de Polignac (1780).


Among philosophers born in France, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 47Before him are Sebastian Brant (1458), Henri Lefebvre (1901), Antoine Arnauld (1612), Félix Guattari (1930), Lucien Lévy-Bruhl (1857), and Edgar Morin (1921). After him are René Girard (1923), Jean Gerson (1363), Richard Avenarius (1843), Étienne Gilson (1884), Alain de Lille (1117), and Étienne Cabet (1788).