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Gesture and Speech

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AndrA(c) Leroi-Gourhan (1911-1986) was an anthropologist and paleontologist whose theoretical endeavors extended well beyond those realms to encompass the culture of the twentieth century and its most advanced developments. His bold and coherent revision of both analytic and archaeological methods revolutionized the study of prehistoric culture. His adoption of the structu ...more
Hardcover, 453 pages
Published June 4th 1993 by Mit Press (first published 1964)
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Jul 06, 2016 Alexander rated it it was amazing
It ought to be a criminal offence that Gesture and Speech, the defining work of André Leroi-Gourhan's distinguished anthropological career, remains relatively unknown among students of the humanities. After all, nothing less than the arc and trajectory of 'the human adventure' is at stake in this work, one extending from depths of evolutionary time right through to the as-yet unrealized future(s) of humanity. Indeed, the very label of 'anthropology' belies the richness of this work, which doesn' ...more
Mar 27, 2015 Ricky rated it liked it
This book has been given to me after an interesting conversation with the father of a friend of mine. We were talking about how the human beings are not supposed to have a complete knowledge of how the world works, because they're just animals, only more more complex than the others. We are not the climax of millions of years of evolution,we're not the "lucky ones" who are made to conquer the world and rule it forever. We are just another species, the result of evolution and contingency.

And that
Philippe Malzieu
Feb 24, 2014 Philippe Malzieu rated it it was amazing
Leroi-Gourhan exerted a considerable influence not only among prehistorians but also at the ethnologists.
what is important, he shows us that prehistoric man is not so distant from us. He has a religion. He thus has a cosmogony which locates his in the universe. He has an artistic direction. Leroi-Gourhan estimates that the painted caves are sanctuaries.
The importance of the transition between primate and hominid is a delicate phase. What is remarkable, it is that the hominisation is done with a
Peter Blank
Nov 13, 2012 Peter Blank rated it it was amazing
good book.
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