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

 Townsend Center Working Group on Form and Formalism, Linguistic Anthropology Working Group

The methodological filiation between Goethe’s morphological natural science and Lévi-Strauss’s 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 Goethe’s, and, proceeding from this, traces out salient parallels between the interpretive paradigms and anthropological methods of both thinkers.