Claude Levi-Strauss

(Claude Lévi-Strauss)

Claude Levi-Strauss
Claude Levi-Strauss
  • Born: November 28, 1908
  • Nationality: French
  • Profession: Scientist

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Freedom is neither a legal invention nor a philosophical conquest, the cherished possession of civilizations more valid than others because they alone have been able to create or preserve it. It is the outcome of an objective relationship between the individual and the space he occupies, between the consumer and the resources at his disposal. Freedom & Liberty
One must be very naïve or dishonest to imagine that men choose their beliefs independently of their situation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I have never known so much naive conviction allied to greater intellectual poverty.
I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact.
Just as the individual is not alone in the group, nor any one in society alone among the others, so man is not alone in the universe. Society
Language is a form of human reason, which has its internal logic of which man knows nothing.
Our system is the height of absurdity, since we treat the culprit both as a child, so as to have the right to punish him, and as an adult, in order to deny him consolation.
The scientific mind does not so much provide the right answers as ask the right questions.
The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he is one who asks the right questions.
The wise man doesn't give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
The world began without man, and it will complete itself without him.

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