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“The Mathematics of Man” by Claude Lévi-Strauss

Küchler, S; (2023) “The Mathematics of Man” by Claude Lévi-Strauss. Social Analysis , 67 (2) pp. 80-98. 10.3167/sa.2023.670205. Green open access

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Abstract

Claude Lévi-Strauss's essay “Les mathématiques de l'homme,” originally published in 1956, is the least known of all his publications. It is also arguably his most prescient, capturing the enduring possibilities and latent pitfalls in anthropology's relationship with mathematics that have continued to beset the discipline to the present day. The aim of presenting a new translation of this essay is to prompt reflections on the changing landscape of research on and teaching of anthropology, which is still as tangled up with the philosophy and practice of mathematics as it was then.

Type: Article
Title: “The Mathematics of Man” by Claude Lévi-Strauss
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3167/sa.2023.670205
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/sa.2023.670205
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author 2024. This article is available open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license as part of Berghahn Open Anthro, a subscribe-to-open model for APC-free open access made possible by the journal’s subscribers.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10190511
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