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The advent of heroic anthropology in the history of ideas

Doja, A.; (2005) The advent of heroic anthropology in the history of ideas. Journal of the History of Ideas , 66 (4) pp. 633-650. 10.1353/jhi.2005.0054. Green open access


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In this article the advent of Lévi-Strauss’s structural anthropology is described as a reaction against the predominantly phenomenological bias of French philosophy in the post-war years as well as against the old humanism of existentialism which seemed parochial both in its confinement to a specific tradition of western philosophy and in its lack of interest in scientific approach. Nevertheless, the paradigm of structural anthropology cannot be equated with the field of structuralism, which became a very contestable form of intellectual fashion. The reception of Lévi-Strauss’s theory in the English-speaking world carried on both the same enthusiasm and the same distortions and simplifications, to the extent that in the course of anti-structural criticism, the main thrust of the epistemological approach of Lévi-Strauss seems to have been lost, to the collective detriment of social sciences and anthropology.

Type: Article
Title: The advent of heroic anthropology in the history of ideas
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1353/jhi.2005.0054
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/jhi.2005.0054
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2005 The Journal of the History of Ideas, Inc. All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations used for purposes of scholarly citation, none of this work may be reproduced in any form by any means without written permission from the publisher. For information address the University of Pennsylvania Press, 3905 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4112. This article has been translated into Albanian: Polis, vol. 7, 2008, pp. 131-148.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/16561
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