Lévy-Bruhl, Lucien lāvē´-brül [key], 1857–1939, French philosopher, psychologist, and ethnologist. He was professor at the Sorbonne from 1899 and editor of the Revue philosophique de la France et de l'étranger. Particularly known for his research on the mentality of preliterate peoples, he wrote numerous studies, including How Natives Think (1910, tr. 1926), Primitive Mentality (1922, tr. 1923), and Primitives and the Supernatural (1931, tr. 1935).
See biography by J. Cazeneuve (1972).
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