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Claude Levi-Strauss
(1908-2009) born on
Nov 28
French social anthropologist. Founder of structural anthropology who wrote several books including "From Honey to Ashes," 1967.
         
   
F
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.

R
I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact.
A
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.
N
Enthusiastic partisans of the idea of progress are in danger of failing to recognize. . . the immense riches accumulated by the human race. . . . By underrating the achievements of the past, they devalue all those which still remain to be accomplished.
K
The anthropologist respects history, but he does not accord it a special value. He conceives it as a study complementary to his own: one of them unfurls the range of human societies in time, the other in space.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: On the system of justice; "Tristes Tropiques," ch. 38, 1955.
R: "The Raw and the Cooked," "Overture," sct. 1, 1964.
A: "Tristes Tropiques," ch. 1, 1955.
N: "Tristes Tropiques," ch. 38, 1955.
K: "The Savage Mind," 1962.
   


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