Marcel Gauchet

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Marcel Gauchet (1946) is a French historian, philosopher and sociologist.

Gauchet is professor at the Centre de recherches politiques Raymond Aron at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris and head of the periodical Le Débat (Histoire, politique, société).

Gauchet has written widely on such issues as the political consequences of modern individualism, the relation between religion and democracy, and the dilemmas of globalisation.

To date, only two of Gauchet's books have been translated into English, most notably The Disenchantment of the World, a history of Western secularization.


(in French unless noted otherwise)

  • with Gladys Swain, La Pratique de l'esprit humain, Paris: Gallimard, 1980.
    • Madness and Democracy: The Modern Psychiatric Universe, trans. Catherine Porter, Princeton University Press, 1999, IA, ARG. (English)
  • Le Désenchantement du monde. Une histoire politique de la religion, Paris: Gallimard, 1985.
  • La Révolution des droits de l'homme, Paris: Gallimard, 1989.
  • L'Inconscient cérébral, Paris: Seuil, 1992.
  • La religion dans la démocratie. Parcours de la laïcité, Paris: Gallimard, 1998, PDF, PDF.
    • Ieşirea din religie, trans. Mona Antohi, Bucharest: Humanitas, 2006, PDF, IA, ARG. (Romanian)
  • with Luc Ferry, Le Religieux après la religion, Paris: Grasset, 2004.
  • L'Avènement de la démocratie, Paris: Gallimard, 2007-2010.
    • vol. 1, La Révolution moderne, 2007, ARG.
    • vol. 2, La crise du libéralisme, 2007, ARG.
    • vol. 3, A l'épreuve des totalitarismes, 1914-1974, 2010.
  • with Eric Conan and François Azouvi Comprendre le malheur français, Paris: Stock, 2016.