Myth and Meaning
Cracking the Code of Culture
By (author) Claude Levi-Strauss
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Myth and Meaning by Claude Levi-Strauss
Book DescriptionEver since the rise of science and the scientific method in the seventeenth century, we have rejected mythology as the product of superstitious and primitive minds. Only now are we coming to a fuller appreciation of the nature and role of myth in human history. In these five lectures originally prepared for Canadian radio, Claude Levi-Strauss offers, in brief summations, the insights of a lifetime spent interpreting myths and trying to discover their significance for human understanding. The lectures begin with a discussion of the historical split between mythology and science and the evidence that mythic levels of understanding are being reintegrated in our approach to knowledge. In an extension of this theme, Professor Levi-Strauss analyzes what we have called "primitive thinking" and discusses some universal features of human mythology. The final two lectures outline the functional relationship between mythology and history and the structural relationship between mythology and music.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780805210385
(203mm x 133mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Schocken Books
Publisher: Schocken Books
Publish Date: 3-Jan-1995
Country of Publication: United States
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Anthropology Confronts the Problems of the Modern World, Hardback (March 2013)
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Author Biography - Claude Levi-Strauss
CLAUDE LeVI-STRAUSS was a leading social anthropologist and the author of "Myth and Meaning: Cracking the Code of Culture, The Elementary Structures of Kinship, Tristes Tropiques, Totemism, The Savage Mind, The Raw and the Cooked, From Honey to Ashes, "and "Structural Anthropology." Born in 1908, he was revered as the father of modern anthropology. He died in Paris in 2009.
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