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Myth and Meaning

1st Edition

By Claude Lévi-Strauss


72 pages

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Paperback: 9780415854696
pub: 2013-07-02
Hardback: 9781138142886
pub: 2016-04-11

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The anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss was one of the greatest intellectuals of the twentieth century. His work has had a profound impact not only within anthropology but also linguistics, sociology and philosophy. In this short book he examines the nature and role of myth in human history, distilling a lifetime of writing into a few sharp insights. It is a crystalline overview of many of the basic ideas underlying his work, including the theory of structuralism and the difference between 'primitive' and 'scientific' thought and shows why Levi-Strauss remains a hugely important intellectual figure.

With a new foreword by Patrick Wilcken.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Routledge Great Minds Edition 1. The 1977 Massey lectures 2. An Introduction 3. The Meeting of Myth and Science 4. 'Primitive' Thinking and the 'Civilized' Mind 5. Harelips and Twins: The Splitting of a Myth 6. When Myth Becomes History 7. Myth and Music

About the Series

Routledge Great Minds


Myth and Meaning Claude Levi-Strauss

Relativity Albert Einstein

The Sovereignty of Good Iris Murdoch

What I Believe Bertrand Russell

Leonardo da Vinci Sigmund Freud

The Undiscovered Self Carl Gustav Jung

Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions Jean-Paul Sartre

Tractatus-Logico-Philosophicus Ludwig Wittgenstein

Letter to a Priest Simone Weil

On Dialogue David Bohm

Routledge Classics is a stable of over two hundred ground-breaking books which inspire, enlighten and provoke in equal measure. Routledge Great Minds presents ten of the best shorter works from the Classics series where some of its leading authors provide, in brief and accessible form, pithy statements of their ideas and arguments. Ideal for those unfamiliar with their work as a whole, for the time-pressed, or for the merely curious, these books contain the ideas of a great thinker in a nutshell. They are also an excellent starting point for anyone coming to Routledge Classics for the first time. Each volume includes a new foreword by a leading authority in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Mysticism
RELIGION / Philosophy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General