Today's crisis in anthropology
The important place social anthropology holds in contemporary thinking may seem paradoxical to many people. It is a science very much in vogue: witness not only the fashion for films and books about travel, but also the interest of the educated public in books on anthropology.
Towards the end of the 19th century people were apt to look to the biologist in their quest for a philosophy of man and the world, and then later to the sociologist, the historian, and even the philosopher.
But for the past several years anthropology has come to play the same role, and today it too is expected to provide us with deep reflections on our world and a philosophy of life and hope.
Read our online article Today's crisis in anthropology, by Claude Lévi-Strauss.