LÚvy-Bruhl, Lucien (1857ľ1939)
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French philosopher-anthropologist. Known for his description of "primitive thought", which was, presumably, more poetic and associative, than modern, rational-logical thought. Within anthropology, Lévy-Bruhl's ideas were almost unanimously rejected; outside anthropology, however, particularly in the surrealist movement, his influence was fairly substantial. His influence may also be traced in anthropologists such as Lévi-Strauss, Evans-Pritchard and Goody.