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Halbwachs also wrote an important book on suicide, , 1930 ("The Causes of Suicide"). In this book he followed the footsteps of his mentor , expanding and elaborating upon the former's theories on suicide.

Halbwachs' primary thesis is that human memory can only function within a collective context

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Throughout World War I, Halbwachs worked at the War Ministry. Shortly after the end of the war, he became professor of and at the . He remained in this position for over a decade, taking leave for a year as a visiting professor at the , when he was called to the in 1935. There he taught sociology and worked closely with and served as the editor of , the successor journal to . In 1944 he received one of France's highest honors, a chair at the in .

Halbwachs' primary thesis is that human memory can only function within a collective context.

Halbwachs’ thesis, however, is not identical to Durkheim’s inevery respect. He does not deny that there may be such a thingas individual spontaneity and that social references can only serve asmeans of formulating that spontaneity. We have to postulate the initial existence of a sensibility, with all its demands and allits potential for diversity. Durkheim added no such caveat to his theory. He seems to look upon the individual as a mere agentwho obtains from society not only his ideas but also his feelings. Hereduces sensations to the formulas of exchange which allow themto be communicated from one individual to another. Halbwachs does not take up such an extreme stance; he leaves a place forpersonal responsibility, a place for the individual. Charles Blondelasserted that he could almost have endorsed Halbwachs’ position if only it did not appear to have the framework of the memory annex the major part of memory’s content.

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From Deleuze ABCedaire : "Deleuze says that it was there in Deauville, without his parents and his younger brother, where he was completely nil in his studies, until something happened, such that Deleuze ceased being an idiot. Until Deauville, and the year in the lycee there that he spent during the "funny war," he had been null in class, but at Deauville, he met a young teacher, Pierre Halbwachs (son of a famous sociologist), with fragile health, only one eye, so deferred from military duty. For Deleuze, this encounter was an awakening, and he became something of a disciple to this young "maître". Halbwachs would take him out to the beach in winter, on the dunes, and introduced him, for example, to Gide's _Les Nourritures terrestres_, to Anatole France, Baudelaire, other works by Gide, and Deleuze was completely transformed. But since they spent so much time together, people began to talk, and the lady in whose pension Deleuze and his brother were staying warned Deleuze about Halbwachs, then wrote to his parents about it. The brothers were to return to Paris, but then the Germans invaded, and so they took off on their bicycles to meet their parents in Rochefort... and en route, they ran into Halbwachs with his father! Later in life, Deleuze met Halbwachs, without the same admiration, but at age 14, Deleuze feels he was completely right."

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Halbwachs' most important contribution to the field of sociology came in his book , 1950 ("The Collective Memory"), in which he advanced the thesis that a society can have a and that this memory is dependent upon the "cadre" or framework within which a group is situated in a society. Thus, there is not only an individual memory, but also a group memory that exists outside of and lives beyond the individual. Consequently, an individual's understanding of the past is strongly linked to this group consciousness.

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Born in , , Halbwachs attended the in . There he studied philosophy with , who had a big influence on his thought. He in Philosophy in 1901. He taught at various before traveling to in 1904, where he studied at the and worked on cataloging 's papers. He was nominated to co-edit an edition of Leibniz's work which never came to fruition.