Claude Lévi-Strauss

1908 - 2009

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Claude Lévi-Strauss (; French: [klod levi stʁos]; 28 November 1908 – 30 October 2009) was a French anthropologist and ethnologist whose work was key in the development of the theory of structuralism and structural anthropology. He held the chair of Social Anthropology at the Collège de France between 1959 and 1982, was elected a member of the Académie française in 1973 and was a member of the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris. He received numerous honors from universities and institutions throughout the world and has been called, alongside James George Frazer and Franz Boas, the "father of modern anthropology".Lévi-Strauss argued that the "savage" mind had the same structures as the "civilized" mind and that human characteristics are the same everywhere. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Claude Lévi-Strauss has received more than 1,298,411 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Claude Lévi-Strauss is the 76th most popular philosopher (down from 74th in 2019), the 11th most popular biography from Belgium (up from 12th in 2019) and the most popular Belgian Philosopher.

Claude Lévi-Strauss is most famous for his analysis of the structure of human societies.

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Among philosophers, Claude Lévi-Strauss ranks 76 out of 1,089Before him are William of Ockham, Jürgen Habermas, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Jeremy Bentham, Anaxagoras, and Roger Bacon. After him are Epictetus, Zeno of Citium, Xenophanes, Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Nicholas of Cusa, and Boethius.

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Among people born in 1908, Claude Lévi-Strauss ranks 7Before him are Simone de Beauvoir, Oskar Schindler, James Stewart, Abraham Maslow, Salvador Allende, and Enver Hoxha. After him are Lyndon B. Johnson, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Skorzeny, Ian Fleming, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Among people deceased in 2009, Claude Lévi-Strauss ranks 3Before him are Michael Jackson and Patrick Swayze. After him are Kim Dae-jung, Pina Bausch, Paul Samuelson, David Carradine, Roh Moo-hyun, Aage Bohr, Millvina Dean, Maurice Jarre, and Farrah Fawcett.

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Among people born in Belgium, Claude Lévi-Strauss ranks 11 out of 899Before him are Charles Martel (688), Clovis I (466), René Magritte (1898), Maurice Maeterlinck (1862), Andreas Vesalius (1514), and Leopold II of Belgium (1835). After him are Anthony van Dyck (1599), Orlande de Lassus (1534), Gerardus Mercator (1512), Philip I of Castile (1478), Frans Hals (1582), and Albert II of Belgium (1934).


Among philosophers born in Belgium, Claude Lévi-Strauss ranks 1After him are Justus Lipsius (1547), Siger of Brabant (1240), Luce Irigaray (1930), Chantal Mouffe (1943), Arnold Geulincx (1624), Franciscus Gomarus (1563), Henry of Ghent (1217), Paul de Man (1919), and Michel Weber (1963).