Émile Bréhier

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Émile Bréhier (French: [bʁeje]; 12 April 1876, Bar-le-Duc – 3 February 1952, Paris) was a French philosopher. His interest was in classical philosophy, and the history of philosophy. He wrote a Histoire de la Philosophie, translated into English in seven volumes.

Bréhier was Henri Bergson's successor at the Sorbonne, in 1945. The historian Louis Bréhier was his brother.


He was an early follower of Bergson; in the 1930s there was an influential view that Bergsonism and Neoplatonism were linked.[1]

He has been called "the sole figure in the French history who adopts an Hegelian interpretation of Neoplatonism",[2] but also a Neo-Kantian opponent of Hegel.[3]


  • Schelling (1912)
  • Histoire de la philosophie allemande (1921)
  • La Philosophie de Plotin
  • Plotin: Ennéades (with French translation), Collection Budé, 1924–1938
  • Histoire de la philosophie - I Antiquité et moyen âge (three volumes), II La philosophie moderne (four volumes)
  • La philosophie du moyen âge (1949)
  • Le monde byzantin - la civilisation byzantine (1950)
  • Chrysippe et l'ancien stoïcisme (Paris, 1951)
  • Études de philosophie antique (1955)


  • Alan D. Schrift (2006), Twentieth-Century French Philosophy: Key Themes And Thinkers, p. 107


  1. ^ Paul Andrew Passavant, Jodi Dean, Empire's New Clothes: Reading Hardt and Negri (2004), p. 218.
  2. ^ http://classics.dal.ca/Faculty%20and%20Staff/Neoplatonism_and_Con.php; Hankey p. 120 in Jean-Marc Narbonne, W. J. Hankey, Levinas and the Greek Heritage & One Hundred Years of Neoplatonism in France (2006).
  3. ^ Bruce Baugh, French Hegel: From Surrealism to Postmodernism (2003), note p. 183.

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