PDF | On Jan 1, , E.E. Evans-Pritchard and others published Lévy-Bruhl’s Theory of Primitive Mentality. The idea of a primitive mentality is closely associated with the French philosopher Lucien Levy-Bruhl () who attempted to delineate its attributes ( TIDS paper is intended to explain the concept of participation in the theory of. ‘ primitive mentality’ of Lucien Uvy-Bruhl (), who produced seven.

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This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Primltive, affectivity gives a special tonality to primitive representations, and it thus has that element of generality that makes it a category of thought.

Primitive mentality (Anthropology)

Translated by Lilian A. Although it is not generally opposed to these laws, it does not shrink from violating mentailty the law against contradiction. Find it on Scholar. Nat marked it as to-read May 08, Frederica De Laguna – – Philosophical Review mrntality 5: Aldrich has related the primitive mind to the archetypes of the unconscious.

According to this principle, a being or object can be both itself and at the same time something else.

His responsiveness to these criticisms caused changes in the orientation of his thought. Affasf marked it as to-read Mar 30, Mishanya rated it it was amazing Nov 30, Fox marked it as to-read May 28, Gwynbleidd marked it as to-read Aug 01, Social Performance Between Ritual and Strategy.


Sign in to use this feature. Rpimitive work sought to establish the existence of a “primitive” mentality, an attitude of mind characterized by mystic participations and exclusions and by alogical liaisons not subject to the principle of contradiction. His first conclusion was that the mentality of primitives and that of people living in modern Occidental civilization differ not in nuance or degree but rather in kind.

Micro Foundations of Religion: Wikiquote has quotations related to: New Atlantis marked it as to-read Dec 07, The prelogical is therefore explained by the mystical and this in turn by the predominance of affectivity over reason. Rakesh Mentallity marked it as to-read Feb 05, Exact primmitive of German article]]; see ldvy history for attribution.

Later in his notebooks published posthumously he retracted this idea and stated that prelogical and preliterate societies would employ logical thought to meet the practical demands of natural environment.

Primitive Mentality

Ideally, the social priitive would establish the particular collective psychology of each society. His primary burhl of study involved primitive mentality. But he took care to state that the mystical and prelogical mentality is never completely supplanted by the undisputed reign of logic.

A Journal of the History of Science 9: Elisa added it Apr 28, Differing conceptions of causality and representations of time and space define these contrasting modes of thought.

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Lucien Levy-Bruhl, Lillian A. Most contemporary anthropologists have rejected the notion of a specifically primitive mentality.


Dreams, omens, divinatory practices, and ordeals are given great importance as signs of a primary mystic causality, the only truly efficient cause. As a reproduction of a historical artifact, this work may contain rbuhl or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity individual or corporate has a copyright on the body of the work.

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Levy-Bruhl remarked that he became interested in the possibility that modes of thought are not everywhere the same when a colleague at the Ecole Normal Superieure sent him a translation of the works of ancient Chinese philosophers, a text which he found quite incomprehensible.

Chocku marked it as to-read Feb 15, He showed how this experience of the supernatural emerges mainly in the face of the unusual.