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  1. Introduction
  2. The Century of Levi-Strauss
  3. Comparative biographies
  4. Analysis
  5. Conclusion

Claude Lévi-Strauss was born in Brussels on 20 November 1908, to a Jewish family from Alsace in the vicinity of Strasbourg. However, he spent his child-hood and his life in Paris, his family having left Alsace at the 1871 German annexa-tion to remain French. The young Strauss operates in an artistic and bourgeois environment for intellectual development as Sartre. His great-grandfather was a conductor at the court of Louis Philippe, he helped Berlioz with the introduction of Beethoven and Mendelssohn in France. His grandfather was a rabbi in the synagogue of Versailles.

His father became a portraitist Parisian painter appreciated, which was quickly ruined by the arrival of photography. Its details are not anecdotal, because they will play a role in imagination and future vocation ethnolographique Lévi-Strauss. As such, seeing that take place in "Sad Tropic" Reproductions tribal designs.

[...] As such, this statement to Philippe Simonnot is quite striking " Marx taught me, because I believe that it is he who inve lth, the modeling method in the humanities and social sciences. "In other words, Levi-Strauss acknowledges paternity of structuralism social science to Marx. It is therefore natural that Claude Levi-Strauss turned its phil o sophie. Brilliant student, he spent aggregation as Sartre, in 1931 where he finished third. Strauss proves its rather large capacity, since facing a majority of ENS prepared only for review, he finished in the top. Again, if the ways are different between the two men the conclusions are the same. [...]


[...] The routes of Sartre and Levi-Strauss even if they never meet vra i ment deeply seem quite similar. This finding is particularly fo r taking if one refers to what Strauss " admits to not having seen Sartre over two or three times in his life It seems to me interesting enough to draw a parallel between the director and collaborator of modern times. Claude Lévi-Strauss was born in Brussels on 20 November 1908, to a Jewish family from Alsace in the vicinity of Strasbourg. [...]


[...] Claude Lévi-Strauss began his studies in two of the largest high schools in his i : Janson de Sailly and Condorcet. The curriculum in the top of both my ho continues to bring them together.While Sartre follows the classic route of a letter by studying the ENS, Strauss decided to enroll at the law faculty of the Sorbonne, place by which transited great French politicians. E f fect, that little is known when addressing Claude Lévi- Strauss is his e n policy commitment. [...]


[...] Subsequently Claude Lévi-Strauss expands its fields of study rites and m y thes. He began the realization of his masterpiece, a compilation of writings over 4000 pages on the subject, showing how from north to south of the New World, myths reduced to a series of categorical oppositions respond to each other and are holders of non-explicit way. Acclaimed rarely read these " Mythological "The outcome of the project Lévi-Strauss. Structuralism as Levi-Strauss was at its peak in the middle of a n born 60. [...]


[...] Maybe she will inspire some wisdom. I dare not say " All the customs of a people is always marked by a style, they form systems. I am convinced that these systems do not exist in unlimited numbers, and that human societies, like individuals do not create a j but absolutely, but merely choose certain combinations in the ideal repertoire it would be possible to reconstruct ! Taking stock of all observed customs, all those imagined in myths, as those mentioned in the child and adult games ( . [...]

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