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teaches intelligent detachment, equanimity. Scientific knowledge is, for Lucretius,
a mode of psychological gracefulness. It is a way of learning to let go. Lévi-
Strauss sees man with a Lucretian pessimism, and a Lucretian feeling for
ception of the anthropologist's calling—the twice-born spiritual adventure,
pledged to a systematic déracinement—is complemented in most of Lévi-Strauss'
writings by an insistence on the most unliterary techniques of analysis and
For Lévi-Strauss, the logic of mythic thought is fully as rigorous as that of modern
science. The only difference is that this logic is applied to different problems.
Contrary to Mircea Eliade, his most distinguished opponent in the theory of
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AGAINST INTERPRETATION: And Other EssaysUser Review - Kirkus
If one were to judge these essays in terms of price, their value would be very high. At her best (and worst) Miss Sontag offers three pennies worth of thought in any one sentence. "The function of ... Read full review