Ludovic Dugas (December 22, 1857 - 1942) was a French philosophy professor. By the time Ludovic Dugas wrote his epic study of L’Amitié antique (1894), it was no longer possible to believe that ‘boy love’ was an ancient metaphor for intellectual endeavour, as some British scholars had insisted.

Ludovic Dugas was born on December 22, 1857 in Torcé-en-Charnie. His father was a schoolteacher in Torcé, and took care of his first studies. He then was a student at Laval High School from 1867 until 1877. Winner of the General Competition in 1876, he was a student in 1878, as a fellow, at the Faculty of Letters in Rennes. He obtained a bachelor's degree and 1879, and became a professor of rhetoric and philosophy at the colleges of Lannion and Morlaix. A scholar, he studied in 1883 at the Faculty of Letters in Bordeaux. He was an associate of philosophy in 1886. He was a professor of philosophy at Bastia, Quimper, Caen (1895) and Rennes (1900), then a lecturer at the University of Rennes. He is the author in 1898 of a book on shyness that is perceived as a pathology to be cured since at least the end of the 19th century. He is one of the editors of the Revue philosophique de la France et de l'étranger (Philosophical Review of France and abroad). He supported a doctoral thesis in 1895, entitled L’Amitié antique (The Ancient Friendship, based on popular manners and the theories of philosophers), which he published at Alcan in 1894.

He died in 1942 in Rennes.

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