Gilbert Durand: philosopher and hero


The paper dwells upon the study and systematization of bibliographic data on the biography, life path and scientific activity of the modern French scientist Gilbert Durand. The author focuses on the outstanding personality of modern sociological science, particularly the sociology of the imaginary. Based on the study of information sources, mainly electronic resources of universities, and organizations, the founder or member of which was G. Durand, including French Association of Friends of Gilbert Durand international intellectual partnership “Eranos”, the author drawn up the biography of the scientist, provided a review of his academic activity and scientific works. Books, monographs, and articles by Durand have been popular not only in the scientific environment but for over sixty years they are translated into different languages and published in different countries of the world. The electronic publications of his works are shared, their popularity in the context of modern transformations is growing, circle of researchers and followers is expanding. In 2021, on the initiative and direct participation of the Ukrainian School of Archetypes (USHA), a Ukrainian translation and publication of his fundamental work “Anthropological Structures of Imaginary” were made in Ukraine. The Ukrainian scientific community actively participated in international events on the 100th anniversary of the scientist in 2021, as it has become not only a tribute to the great French thinker but also a contribution to the further development and popularization of his ideas in Ukraine.

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