Eugène Goblet d'Alviella

Eugène Félicien Albert, Count Goblet d'Alviella (10 August 1846 – 9 September 1925) was a lawyer, liberal senator of Belgium and a Professor of the history of religions and rector of the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).[1] He was the father of Félix Goblet d'Alviella, a lawyer and director of the Revue de Belgique.

Eugène Goblet d'Alviella
Eugene Goblet d'Alviella
Eugene Goblet d'Alviella
Eugène Félicien Albert

(1846-08-10)10 August 1846
Died9 September 1925(1925-09-09) (aged 79)
Ixelles, Belgium
Occupationpolitician, lawyer, academic

He became famous for this book The Migration of Symbols,[2] which is one of the foundations of religious archeology. He was a freemason, a member of the lodge Les Amis Philanthropes (initiated in 1870), Grand Master of the Grand Orient of Belgium (1884), and Grand Commander of the Supreme Council in 1900.

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  • The Contemporary Evolution of Religious Thought in England (1885)
  • Lectures on the origin and growth of the Conception of God as Illustrated by anthropology and history (1892),being the Hibbert lectures delivered by Eugene at Balliol College, Oxford in 1891, although he was refused the use of a room by the college authority for his nonconformist and nonsectarian views on Christian religion and other analogous matters.
  • Eleusinia : De quelques problèmes relatifs aux Mystères d’Eleusis (1903)


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  1. ^ Kreglinger, R., Le Comte Eugène Goblet d'Alviella, in : Le Flambeau, jg. 8, nr. 12, dec. 1925, p. 437-444
  2. ^ Symbols: Their Migration and Universality, Count Eugene Goblet d'Alviella, Dover Publications
  3. ^ RD of 15.11.1919

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