Levi-Strauss, A Legend Never Dies…

Posted: October 30, 2009 in "The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living"

Claude Levi-Strauss; the father of anthropology has died at the age of 100. He died a few weeks before his 101st birthday. His family and closest relatives kept his death secretly for four days. His lost has touched the French society if not world widely.

Levi-Strauss’s career can’t be questioned. He was considered a philosopher rather than an anthropologist, thanks to his awe-inspiring work training. A collection of his observational work was presented both examples and programmatic statements about structuralism. Simultaneously, he was puzzling the groundwork for an intellectual program that began as a series of institutions forcing anthropology as a discipline in France.In addition, he was widely recognized as honorary PhD holder from different universities, including Harvard, Yale and Oxford, as well as universities in Sweden, Mexico and Canada and was the chairman of the Social Anthropology department at the college de France in 1959.

Beatriz Perrone Moises, an anthropology professor at the University of Sao Paulo, said, “Given his age, we were almost expecting this, but still I feel a kind of emptiness.” While Ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy described him as “one of the greatest ethnologists of all time.”

When a great man dies, for years the light he leaves behind him, lies on the paths of men.


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