Claude Lévi-Strauss, anthropologist, writer and adventurer, died just over a week ago at age 100. He died discreetly, which was as he had lived, though he was the most eminent and probably the last French philosopher. His ideas had as much influence on his contemporaries as the work of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus.
His edifice, structuralism — the theory of a structural unity in all cultures — was built on the work of the linguist Ferdinand de Saussure and on the sociology of Marcel Mauss. But Mr. Lévi-Strauss’s great achievement was that he managed to reshape the simple art of gathering information about so-called primitives.… Seguir leyendo »