Sociologist and writer
Gérald Bronner is Professor of Sociology at the University of Paris-Diderot and member of the Académie des technologies. He works on collective beliefs, errors of reasoning and their social consequences. He has published several books on these issues, including L'empire des croyances (Puf, Paris, 2003), which won an award from the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, La pensée extrême (Denoël, Paris, 2009), for which he received the prestigious Amalfi European Social Sciences Prize, and more recently, L'inquiétant principe de précaution (with E. Géhin, Puf, Paris, 2010) and La démocratie des crédules for which he has received numerous awards (Prix de la revue des deux Mondes, Prix Sophie Barluet CNL, Prix de l'Union rationaliste, Prix des Lumières). His latest published book is La pensée extrême Comment des hommes ordinaires deviennent des fanatiques (Puf, Paris, 2015) for which he received the prestigious EUROPEAN AMALFI PRIZE For Sociology and Social Sciences. He is the author of Cabinet de curiosités sociales, (Puf, Paris, 2018) and Déchéance de rationalité, (Grasset, 2019). He has published many articles in international scientific journals and is a columnist for Le Point, Pour la science and the 28 minutes programme on Arte. On 26 September 2017, he was elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.