Lévy-Bruhl among the phenomenologists: Exoticisation and the logic of 'the primitive'

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Abstract

Lucien Lévy-Bruhl's impact on continental philosophers from Edmund Hersserl, Max Scheler, and Martin Heidegger, to Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida is documented with specific reference to the question of understanding other cultures. However, the fact that Lévy-Bruhl focused on understanding 'the primitive' infected the philosophical discussions of this topic with a certain racism and even, on occasion, a certain exoticism, still visible even in Julia Kristeva's efforts to overcome it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-245
Number of pages17
JournalSocial Identities
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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