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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 169,533 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Maurice Halbwachs is the 383rd most popular philosopher (down from 362nd in 2019), the 1,105th most popular biography from France (down from 1,012th in 2019) and the 52nd 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 383 out of 1,081Before him are Haji Bektash Veli, Gershom Scholem, John Philoponus, Pierre d'Ailly, Cleobulus, and George Santayana. After him are Abu Yusuf, Julius Caesar Scaliger, Siger of Brabant, Bartolus de Saxoferrato, Paul Tillich, and Saadia Gaon.

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Among people born in 1877, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 21Before him are Oswald Avery, Kees van Dongen, Heinrich Otto Wieland, Kārlis Ulmanis, Said Nursî, and Arthur Cecil Pigou. After him are Alfred Cortot, Princess Auguste of Bavaria, André Maginot, Karl Abraham, Niceto Alcalá-Zamora, and Ernst von Dohnányi. Among people deceased in 1945, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 79Before him are Konrad Henlein, Pavlo Skoropadskyi, Yun Chi-ho, Hans-Georg von Friedeburg, Wied, Prince of Albania, and Felix Salten. After him are John Ambrose Fleming, Josef Terboven, Frederick Francis IV, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Hans Oster, Mitsuru Ushijima, and Fritz Klein.

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Among people born in France, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 1,105 out of 6,011Before him are Louis Antoine, Duke of Enghien (1772), Pierre d'Ailly (1350), William of Gellone (750), Claudette Colbert (1903), Hugh of Italy (880), and Margaret of France, Duchess of Berry (1523). After him are Charles-Émile Reynaud (1844), Didier Deschamps (1968), Maria Schneider (1952), Emmanuel Chabrier (1841), Claude Joseph Vernet (1714), and Claude Lanzmann (1925).


Among philosophers born in France, Maurice Halbwachs ranks 52Before him are Antoine Arnauld (1612), Edgar Morin (1921), René Girard (1923), Jacques Lefèvre d'Étaples (1460), Jean Gerson (1363), and Pierre d'Ailly (1350). After him are Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais (1782), Étienne Cabet (1788), Alain de Lille (1117), Ernest Gellner (1925), Vincent of Beauvais (1190), and Maine de Biran (1766).