Famous French Sociologists

Find out more about the greatest French Sociologists, including Emile Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu, Jean Baudrillard, René Girard and Vilfredo Pareto.

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 1 Emile Durkheim

Emile Durkheim.
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Famous As: Sociologist & Philosopher
Birthdate: April 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Épinal
Died: November 15, 1917

Emile Durkheim was a French sociologist. He is credited with establishing the discipline of sociology for academic purposes and is widely regarded as the chief architect of modern social science. During his lifetime, Emile Durkheim published several works on topics like morality, religion, and education. He also played a major role in the development of sociology and anthropology as disciplines.

 2 Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu.
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Denguin, France
Died: January 23, 2002
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 3 Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard.
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: July 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reims, France
Died: March 6, 2007

 4 Vilfredo Pareto

Vilfredo Pareto.
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Famous As: Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: July 15, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris
Died: August 19, 1923

A qualified civil engineer, Vilfredo Pareto had initially worked for the railways and the ironworks. However, he gradually deviated to philosophy, sociology, and politics and gained fame for his application of math to economic issues and his introduction of Pareto efficiency. Mind and Society remains his best-known work.

 5 Bruno Latour

Bruno Latour.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beaune, France

Holberg Prize-winning French sociologist and anthropologist Bruno Latour had initially studied theology and even received his PhD in the subject. His later research Ivory Coast drew him to anthropology, and he soon gained fame as a renowned academic in the field, having co-written iconic books such as Laboratory Life.

 6 Charles Fourier

Charles Fourier
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Famous As: Economist, Sociologist, Philosopher
Birthdate: April 7, 1772
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Besançon
Died: October 10, 1837

French social theorist Charles Fourier is regarded as one of the pioneers of utopian socialism. Apart from advocating social reconstruction based on phalanges, or Fourierism, he is also credited with coining the term feminism with respect to women’s rights. The Social Destiny of Man remains one of his notable works.

 7 Henri Lefebvre

Henri Lefebvre
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hagetmau, France
Died: June 29, 1991
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 8 Jean-François Lyotard

Jean-François Lyotard
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: August 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: April 21, 1998

 9 Jacques Ellul

Jacques Ellul
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Famous As: Theologian, Philosopher, Writer, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: January 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bordeaux
Died: May 19, 1994

 10 Gustave Le Bon

Gustave Le Bon
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Famous As: Physician, Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Psychologist, Philosopher, Historian, Sociologist
Birthdate: May 7, 1841
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogent-le-Rotrou
Died: December 13, 1931

French social psychologist Gustave Le Bon is best remembered for his research on crowd psychology. In his iconic work La psychologie des foules, or The Crowd, he stated that people are driven by their emotions and not by their intellect when they act as part of a crowd.

 11 Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma

Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: July 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 26, 2020

Her activism and outspokenness had earned Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma the nickname Red Princess. Part of the Spanish royal family, she was educated at the Sorbonne. She later supported the Carlist movement and was a champion of women’s rights, too. She eventually died of COVID-19 at age 86.

 12 Daniel Defert

Daniel Defert
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Famous As: Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 10, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo

 13 Raymond Aron

Raymond Aron
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: March 14, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 17, 1983

 14 Paul Virilio

Paul Virilio
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Famous As: Philosopher, Writer, Architect, Urban planner, Sociologist
Birthdate: January 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris

 15 Edgar Morin

Edgar Morin
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France

 16 Alain Soral

Alain Soral
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Famous As: Journalist, Publisher, Sociologist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: October 2, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aix-les-Bains

 17 Loïc Wacquant

Loïc Wacquant
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Famous As: anthropologist, sociologist, university teacher
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Montpellier

 18 Helene Rytmann

Helene Rytmann
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Famous As: Louis Althusser's Wife
Birthdate: October 15, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 16, 1980

 19 Gabriel Tarde

Gabriel Tarde
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: March 12, 1843
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sarlat-la-Canéda, France
Died: May 13, 1904

 20 Maurice Halbwachs

Maurice Halbwachs
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Famous As: Sociologist, Psychologist, Philosopher, Professor, Musicologist
Birthdate: March 11, 1877
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reims
Died: March 16, 1945

 21 Roger Caillois

Roger Caillois
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Famous As: literary critic
Birthdate: March 3, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reims, France
Died: December 21, 1978

 22 Maurice Duverger

Maurice Duverger
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Angoulême, France
Died: December 16, 2014

 23 Gilles Lipovetsky

Gilles Lipovetsky
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Millau, France

 24 Lucien Lévy-Bruhl

Lucien Lévy-Bruhl
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: April 10, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 13, 1939

 25 Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play

Pierre Guillaume Frédéric le Play
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Famous As: Engineer, Sociologist and Economist
Birthdate: April 11, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: La Rivière-Saint-Sauveur, France
Died: April 5, 1882

 26 René Dumont

René Dumont
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: March 13, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambrai, France
Died: June 18, 2001

 27 Maurice Hauriou

Maurice Hauriou
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: August 17, 1856
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ladiville, France
Died: March 12, 1929