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Author QuotedClaude Levi-Strauss
Title Quotedcru et le cuit
Date (Year/Month/Day)1967/10/07
Imprint[Paris] : Plon. [1964]
QuotationI am really most excited by the sophistication, versatility, scope, horizons of Levi-Strauss. In Le Cru et le cuit [The Raw and the Cooked] one tends to get snowed under by the sheer mass of material, concentrated in Brazil. But La Pensee sauvage [The Savage Mind] is more universal and gives a clearer exposition of his understanding of the epistemology and logic based on the idea of species. Real cosmic and "contemplativ" quality - aesthetic and scientific at the same time - yet with a sophistication that excludes romance and reminds us we are moderns, not neolithics - but that neolithic thought is more relevant than we think - more sophisticated and complex than some modern "scientific" common-sense categorizing.
JournalLearning to love: exploring solitude and freedom. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 6, 1966-1967.; Edited by Christine M. Bochen. / [San Francisco] : HarperCollins. 1997, p. 299
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