Desroche, Henri

Henri Desroche (1914–1994)—an admirer of Charles de Foucauld, a pupil of Georges Dumézil, and a friend and colleague of both Roger Bastide and Jean-Pierre Vernant—was a forerunner of studies regarding the relationship between Marxism (especially as utopia) and religion. He started from an ecclesiastical position because during the first part of his life he was a Dominican friar who also adhered to the Économie et Humanisme movement, founded by the Dominican Louis-Joseph Lebret.

In 1951, after leaving the Dominican order, he married and had four children. It is not uncommon for sociologists of religions to be former religious ministers. This fact can help increase the intellectual range of a scholar further, on condition that he/she also develops a good deal of neutrality. This question, as we ...

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