Louis Dumont Writer

Louis Dumont (1911, Thessaloniki, Ottoman Empire – November 19, 1998, Paris) was a French anthropologist. He was an associate professor at Oxford University during the 1950s, and director at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. A specialist on the cultures and societies of India, Dumont also studied western social philosophy and ideologies. His works include Homo Hierarchicus: Essai sur le système des castes (1966), From Mandeville to Marx: The Genesis and Triumph of Economic Ideology (1977) and Essais sur l'individualisme: Une perspective anthropologique sur l'idéologie moderne (1983), in which he contrasts holism with individualism. His studies on Indian society paved the way for the development of the culturological approach to the study of Indian society. The culturological approach identifies itself closely with the indological approach.

Personal details

Date of birth
Date of death
November 19th, 1998 at age of 87

Written work

1.Homo Hierarchicus

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1966. at Paris
1970. by University of Chicago Press at Chicago (386 pages)
1980. at Chicago

2.Religion, politics and history in India

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1971. at Paris (168 pages)

3.Homo aequalis

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1977. by Éditions Gallimard

4.On value

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1982. at London

5.From Mandeville to Marx

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1983. at Chicago (236 pages)

6.Affinity as a value

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1983. by University of Chicago Press at Chicago (230 pages)

7.A South Indian subcaste

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1986. by Oxford University Press at New York City (501 pages)

8.Essays on Individualism

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1986. at Chicago

9.German Ideology

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1994. at Chicago


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