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The Savage Mind by Claude Lévi-Strauss

The Savage Mind

by Claude Lévi-Strauss

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light wear and tiny tear in dust jacket at top of spine, otherwise perfect copy, no markings inside ( )
  skyels | Oct 9, 2017 |
Pensiero selvaggio» è l’ossimoro, soltanto apparente, creato da Lévi-Strauss per indicare il vincolo che unisce la «società occidentale» alle popolazioni a lei più remote: è ciò che permette a un indiano americano di ritrovare una pista da indizi infi nitesimali, a un nativo australiano di identificare le impronte su un sentiero, a un automobilista di muoversi con disinvoltura nel traffico metropolitano.
Alla ricerca di universali capaci di accomunare ogni uomo in un’unica disposizione cognitiva, Lévi-Strauss individua una struttura, profonda e razionale, grazie alla quale tutte le società elaborano i propri miti e credenze, realizzano il radicamento territoriale e l’organizzazione sociale dei propri componenti, e sviluppano strumenti pratici e complesse tassonomie. La loro necessità, prettamente umana, è di trarre un ordine dal fluire indistinto del reale.
Il Saggiatore ripropone oggi quest’opera capitale dello strutturalismo che, pur segnando un punto di svolta nel pensiero antropologico, ha saputo varcare i propri confi ni disciplinari intervenendo nel più ampio dibattito culturale del Novecento. A cominciare dal secco rifiuto di un universalismo astratto ed eurocentrico – evidente nella polemica contro La critica della ragion dialettica di Sartre – che, concepito al tramonto del colonialismo, non ha mai smesso di essere attuale.
  vecchiopoggi | Feb 14, 2016 |
I had forgotten just how seminal Levi-Strauss was to literary and critical social theory- which seems to be what's left of Western philosophy- until I read this. Whether or not his systems approach is right in all its details for traditional societies is impossible for me to say. But his major contribution to anthropology- to have basically shredded its colonialist presuppositions by demonstrating that traditional peoples' way of thinking was not "primitive" in its relationship to logic and science, or to social behavior, but other-directed and coherent in itself- is magnificently evident here. His original insight is now the accepted way of thinking about cultural difference in academe. (Whether it has really penetrated beyond the academy, is another and a sadder question.) In any case, he is a great writer and refreshing to read--it's like clearing mental cobwebs. ( )
  CSRodgers | May 3, 2014 |
I was dissapointed in the book. I had expectations that it would enlighten me on human bahavior, and its evolutionary roots. I found Hannah Holmes' "The Well Dressed Ape" a much better resource. ( )
  pickwick817 | Aug 24, 2009 |
A classic, but impossible to read. ( )
  ChicGeekGirl21 | Sep 1, 2007 |
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" La Pensée sauvage ", et non " la pensée des sauvages ". Car ce livre s'écarte de l'ethnologie traditionnelle en prenant pour thème un attribut universel de l'esprit humain : la pensée à l'état sauvage, florissante dans tout esprit d'homme - contemporain ou ancien, proche ou lointain - tant qu'elle n'est pas cultivée et domestiquée pour accroître son rendement.

Sans doute peut-on chercher des exemples auprès des sociétés sans écriture et sans machines ; même là pourtant, cette pensée ressemble singulièrement à celle que nous trouvons à l'œuvre tout près de nous, dans la poésie et dans l'art, ou encore dans les diverses formes du savoir populaire, qu'il soit archaïque ou récent.

En elle, rien de désordonné ni de confus. Partant d'une observation du monde qui témoigne d'une minutie et d'un précision souvent stupéfiantes, elle analyse, distingue, classe, combine, et oppose... Dans ce livre par conséquent, les mythes, les rites, les croyances, et les autres faits de culture, se manifestent comme êtres " sauvages " comparables, par delà le langage, à tous ceux que la nature (dont l'esprit humain ne peut être retranché) engendre aussi sous d'innombrables formes animales, végétales, et minérales. On ne saurait donc s'étonner que, dans leur fréquentation millénaire, la pensée sauvage ait trouvé la matière et l'inspiration d'une logique dont les lois se bornent à transposer les propriétés du réel, et qui, pour cette raison même, a pu permettre aux hommes d'avoir prise sur lui.
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"Every word, like a sacred object, has its place. No précis is possible. This extraordinary book must be read."—Edmund Carpenter, New York Times Book Review

"No outline is possible; I can only say that reading this book is a most exciting intellectual exercise in which dialectic, wit, and imagination combine to stimulate and provoke at every page."—Edmund Leach, Man

"Lévi-Strauss's books are tough: very scholarly, very dense, very rapid in argument. But once you have mastered him, human history can never be the same, nor indeed can one's view of contemporary society. And his latest book, The Savage Mind, is his most comprehensive and certainly his most profound. Everyone interested in the history of ideas must read it; everyone interested in human institutions should read it."—J. H. Plumb, Saturday Review

"A constantly stimulating, informative and suggestive intellectual challenge."—Geoffrey Gorer, The Observer, London

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Discusses the significance of totemism among primitive peoples and its interpretation by anthropologists and philosophies.

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