From Morphology to Structuralism: Goethe, Levi-Strauss, and the Sciences of the Concrete
Lecture | March 10 | 2-4 p.m. | Barrows Hall, 802 (Social Science Matrix)
Michael Saman, Independent Scholar
The methodological filiation between Goethes morphological natural science and Lévi-Strausss structural anthropology has been frequently observed, but not yet fully examined in its epistemological foundations. This talk addresses the core epistemological attitude that Lévi-Strauss says connects his work with Goethes, and, proceeding from this, traces out salient parallels between the interpretive paradigms and anthropological methods of both thinkers.