Edward Westermarck

Philosopher, Academic

1862 – 1939

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Who was Edward Westermarck?

Edvard Alexander Westermarck was a Finnish philosopher and sociologist. Among other subjects, he studied exogamy and the incest taboo.

The phenomenon of reverse sexual imprinting, now known as the Westermarck effect, was first formally described by him in his book The History of Human Marriage.

He has been described as "first Darwinian sociologist" or "the first sociobiologist".

He helped found academic sociology in the United Kingdom, becoming the first professor of sociology in 1907 in the University of London.

In the UK, his name is often spelled Edward. His sister, Helena Westermarck, was a writer and artist.

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Born
Nov 20, 1862
Helsinki
Also known as
  • Edvard Westermarck
  • Edvard Westermarck
Religion
  • Agnosticism
Nationality
  • Finland
Profession
Lived in
  • Helsinki
Died
1939
Tenala

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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