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Wild Thought: A New Translation of “La Pensée sauvage”
by Claude Lévi-Strauss
translated by Jeffrey Mehlman and John Leavitt
University of Chicago Press, 2020
Paper: 978-0-226-41308-2 | eISBN: 978-0-226-41311-2 | Cloth: 978-0-226-20801-5
Library of Congress Classification GN451.L3813 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 155.82

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
As the most influential anthropologist of his generation, Claude Lévi-Strauss left a profound mark on the development of twentieth-century thought. Through a mixture of insights gleaned from linguistics, sociology, and ethnology, Lévi-Strauss elaborated his theory of structural unity in culture and became the preeminent representative of structural anthropology. La Pensée sauvage, first published in French in 1962, was his crowning achievement. Ranging over philosophies, historical periods, and human societies, it challenged the prevailing assumption of the superiority of modern Western culture and sought to explain the unity of human intellection.

Controversially titled The Savage Mind when it was first published in English in 1966, the original translation nevertheless sparked a fascination with Lévi-Strauss’s work among Anglophone readers. Wild Thought rekindles that spark with a fresh and accessible new translation. Including critical annotations for the contemporary reader, it restores the accuracy and integrity of the book that changed the course of intellectual life in the twentieth century, making it an indispensable addition to any philosophical or anthropological library.

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