Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Another great one passes

French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss dies
By ANGELA DOLAND Angela Doland – 1 hr 7 mins ago

PARIS – Claude Levi-Strauss, widely considered the father of modern anthropology for work that included theories about commonalities between tribal and industrial societies, has died. He was 100.

The French intellectual was regarded as having reshaped the field of anthropology, introducing structuralism — concepts about common patterns of behavior and thought, especially myths, in a wide range of human societies. Defined as the search for the underlying patterns of thought in all forms of human activity, structuralism compared the formal relationships among elements in any given system.

A brilliant mind who came up with truly original ideas, not just new angles on old ideas which seems to be the norm. Like most of his kind, his ideas will continue to evolve, take on new depth and surprise scholars through the coming ages.

I have to admit, I was very surprised that he was still alive.

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