A post-structuralist revised Weil–Lévi-Strauss transformation formula for conceptual
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A post-structuralist revised Weil–Lévi-Strauss transformation formula for conceptual value-fields
A post-structuralist revised Weil–Lévi-Strauss transformation formula for conceptual value-fields

Author(s): James B. Harrod
Subject(s): Semiotics / Semiology, Semiology, Structuralism and Post-Structuralism
Published by: TARTU ÜLIKOOLI KIRJASTUS
Keywords: Lévi-Strauss; myth; symbol; law of myth; culture; evolution of culture; mind;

Summary/Abstract: The structuralist André-Weil–Claude-Lévi-Strauss transformation formula (CF), initially applied to kinship systems, mythology, ritual, artistic design and architecture, was rightfully criticized for its rationalism and tendency to reduce complex transformations to analogical structures. I present a revised non-mathematical revision of the CF, a general transformation formula (rCF) applicable to networks of complementary semantic binaries in conceptual value-fields of culture, including comparative religion and mythology, ritual, art, literature and philosophy. The CF is a rule-guided formula for combinatorial conceptualizing in non-representational, presentational mythopoetics and other cultural symbolizations.

  • Issue Year: 46/2018
  • Issue No: 2-3
  • Page Range: 255-281
  • Page Count: 27
  • Language: English