INTRODUCTION

"culture uses and transforms life to realise a synthesis of a higher order"
Claude Lévi-Strauss (1949):

This neighborhood in my site brings together various ways of approaching CULTURE as a core process in human life.

The guiding idea is my understanding of the statement by Lévi-Strauss I use as epigraph.

check an illustrative example.

Specifically, human action builds with physical, biological and historical conditions new conditions for all future action.

This applies to intellectual practice. Thus this site is about transforming further the theory of culture through a reconstruction of traditions of controversies about convention, arbitrariness, elaboration, education, hegemony, authority, agency, etc.

The site is organized into three main areas:

These pages are very much a work in progress. I give priority to finding different ways of stating current understandings over the more careful editing that many of these pages might need. The text should be treated more as jottings, semi-improvised drafts or 'brouillons', than as statements closed at the time of 'publication'.


March 25, 2002