Claude Levi-Strauss was a 100 yesterday, WOW!
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Yes I am partial to French intellos and he is a prime example of that. Check this link at Wikipedia to get lotsa details
9/11/5 Claude L-S died about a week ago. Here is an excerpt about his books from CNN:
The philosophical movement Levi-Strauss led is called “structuralism,” which essentially means that to see something, you have to put it in a system of other things that define it, Luhrmann said. The subsequent reaction to Levi-Strauss’ structuralism by such thinkers as Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault is called “post-structuralism.”
“Tristes Tropiques,” which chronicles Levi-Strauss’ travels in Brazil and other countries, is “surely one of the greatest travel books of all time even if you don’t count its prodigious contributions to social theory,” said Ari Samsky, who recently finished a Ph.D. in anthropology at Princeton University and is now at the University of Iowa.
“He showed the world that you could be a brilliant, empirical social scientist with a poet’s soul,” Samsky said in an e-mail.