Claude Lévi-Strauss


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Claude Lévi-Strauss (28 November 1908 – 30 October 2009) was a French anthropologist and ethnologist, and has been called, along with James George Frazer, the "father of modern anthropology".

He argued that the "savage" mind had the same structures as the "civilized" mind and that human characteristics are the same everywhere. These observations culminated ... more »

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  • ''The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions.''
    Claude Lévi-Strauss (b. 1908), French anthropologist. "Overture," sct. 1, The Raw and the Cooked (1964).
  • ''The world began without man, and it will end without him.''
    Claude Lévi-Strauss (b. 1908), French anthropologist. Tristes Tropiques, pt. 9, ch. 40 (1955).
  • ''Just as the individual is not alone in the group, nor any one in society alone among the others, so man is not alone in the universe.''
    Claude Lévi-Strauss (b. 1908), French anthropologist. Tristes Tropiques, ch. 40 (1955).
  • ''Our system is the height of absurdity, since we treat the culprit both as a child, so as to have the right to punish him, and as an adult, in order to deny him consolation.''
    Claude Lévi-Strauss (b. 1908), French anthropologist. Tristes Tropiques, ch. 38 (1955). Commenting on the system of justice.
  • ''No contact with savage Indian tribes has ever daunted me more than the morning I spent with an old lady swathed in woolies who compared herself to a rotten herring encased in a block of ice.''
    Claude Lévi-Strauss (b. 1908), French anthropologist. Tristes Tropiques, ch. 1 (1955).
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