He is now Emeritus Professor of Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (Faculty of Law) and honorary Research Director of École Pratique des Hautes Études (Department of Religious Studies).
Born in 1930, Pierre Legendre studied law and economics. In June 1957, he defended a thesis on "La pénétration du droit romain dans le droit canonique classique". After becoming Professor of law, he served as well as expert for international organisations (Unesco and private organizations). He as well prepared critical editions of medieval manuscripts, worked on learning psychanalysis and had contacts with Jacques Lacan.
Having a very fine knowledge of the foundations of western societies, he studied various domains, such as the basis of power, the concept of religion, the genealogy of societies, the construction of State and law, the aesthetic layer of cultures, always considering the discovery of the unconscious by Freud as a benefit of modern knowlegde. he gathered these elements into a new research field: dogmatic anthropology. He is considered a major thinker of our time.
Pierre Legendre wrote the scrit of 3 documentary films that were inspired by his though (directed by P.O. Bardet):
- La fabrique de l’homme occidental (1996),
- L’ENA, miroir d’une nation (1999)
- Dominium mundi : l’empire du management (2007).
he authored many books, among which:
He is the director of the collection Summulae, les quarante piliers, at the Éditions Mille et une nuits.