RIP Levis-Strauss

Posted: November 5, 2009 in All and Sundry
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He lived til the age of 100. Amazing how that sounds for our generation who has a short lifespan. And yet, he will still live longer than that, I mean his name will and his ideas will for 100 years or more. One of the great thinkers of our time this man. Despite that I am at odds with some of his ideas now, there was a time when I had to really study structuralism and understand how it works in terms of language. And yes, it made sense. So I salute you Mr. Claude Levi Strauss for living up to 100 and for making an indelible mark in our quest to understand how we as human beings experience this world.

Here’s the excerpt from the LA Times Obituary:

Claude Levi-Strauss dies at 100; French philosopher’s ideas transformed anthropology

He was known as the father of modern anthropology because of his then-revolutionary conclusion that so-called primitive societies did not differ greatly intellectually from modern ones.

Claude Levi-Strauss, the French philosopher widely considered the father of modern anthropology because of his then-revolutionary conclusion that so-called primitive societies did not differ greatly intellectually from modern ones, died Friday at his home in Paris from natural causes. He was 100.

Part philosopher, part sociologist and entirely humanist, he studied tribes in Brazil and North America, concluding that virtually all societies shared powerful commonalities of behavior and thought, often expressing them in myths. Towering over the French intellectual scene in the 1960s and 1970s, he founded the school of thought known as structuralism, which holds that common features exist within the enormous varieties of human experience. Those commonalities are rooted partly in nature and partly in the human brain itself. READ MORE

Comments
  1. sandy says:

    Excellent work. You have gained a new reader. I hope you can keep up the good work and I await more of the interesting posts.

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