By Claude Lévi-Strauss

Anthropology Confronts the issues of the fashionable World is the 1st English translation of a sequence of lectures Claude Lévi-Strauss added in Tokyo in 1986. Written with an eye fixed towards the longer term as his personal exceptional occupation used to be drawing to a detailed, this quantity offers a synthesis of the author’s significant rules approximately structural anthropology, a box he helped determine. Critiquing insights of his past writings at the courting among race, background, and civilization, Lévi-Strauss revisits the social concerns that by no means ceased to fascinate him.

He starts with the commentary that the cultural supremacy loved through the West for over centuries is at an finish. international wars and genocides within the 20th century have fatally undermined Western religion in humanity’s development via medical growth. Anthropology, even if, should be the automobile of a brand new “democratic humanism,” broadening conventional frameworks that experience constrained cross-cultural understandings of the human , and offering a foundation for inquiries into what different civilizations, comparable to these of Asia, can teach.

Surveying a global close to the twenty-first century, Lévi-Strauss assesses a number of the dilemmas of cultural and ethical relativism a globalized society faces—ethical dimensions of financial inequality, the increase of other kinds of non secular fundamentalism, the promise and peril of genetic and reproductive engineering. A laboratory of proposal commencing onto the long run, Anthropology Confronts the issues of the fashionable World is a vital addition to the canon of 1 of the twentieth-century’s so much influential theorists.

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The extension of the first two kinds of humanism, one limited to the Mediterranean world and one encompassing the Middle and Far East, was limited not only by surface area but also by nature. Since the ancient civilizations had disappeared, they could be reached only through texts and monuments. Although that dif­fi­culty did not arise for the Middle and Far East, the method ­adopted was the same, because it was 33 THE END OF THE W EST ’ S C ULTURAL SUPRE M A C Y believed that civilizations so distant and so different from our own were worthy of interest only with regard to their most learned and re­fined creations.

Although, in the main, French public opinion approves of medical assistance when it allows a married couple to solve a fertility prob­lem, the French are undecided in the case of an unmarried couple or a woman wishing to be inseminated with the frozen sperm of her deceased husband. And they become downright disapproving for a couple who wants to have a child after the woman has reached menopause, for a single woman, or for a ho­mo­sex­ual couple wishing to have a child. From a psychological and moral point of view, it 50 THREE G REAT C ONTE M PORARY PROBLE M S seems that the essential question is one of transparency.

Does a child have the right to gain access to essential information concerning his sperm donor’s ethnic origin and general health? To what extent and within what limits can one violate the biological rules that the followers of most religious faiths continue to consider divinely instituted?

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