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Hand Und Wort. Die Evolution Von Technik, Sprache Und Kunst

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Andrà 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 ...more
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Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Philippe Malzieu
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
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tiene docenas de páginas predeciblemente aburridas - fáciles de evitar, también - alrededor de otras que son excelentes. En esas últimas Leroi-Gourhan habla del pictograma, el dibujo naturalista, la escritura, y de lo que él llama el mitograma como puntos en un espacio continuo de expresiones plásticas. Ese núcleo del ensayo es fácil de ubicar, y puede fascinar a cualquiera que tenga un interés serio por el potencial del grafismo.
David Dutkiewicz, III
Nothing short of the whole human adventure is at stake in Leroi-Gourhan's Gesture and Speech. It traces the development of man through certain evolutionary "liberations" to the formations of culture and the future of mankind. Simultaneously brilliant and terrifying, Leroi-Gourhan's work should be mandatory humanities reading. Though I can't deny that the book was highly technical (it is anthropological scholarship, after all), it never veered too far from common understandability.
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La pittura eseguita mediante proiezione, bruciature, lacerazioni, come lo scolpire automobili con la pressa, costituiscono un vero e proprio tuffo nelle strutture infrasapiane perché portano, come l’arte delle pietre grezze o delle radici, a una situazione estetica di un livello corrispondente all’uomo di Neanderthal, quello delle forme nate dal gioco delle forze naturali. I quadri dipinti dalle grandi scimmie antropoidi, benché siano il risultato di un ammaestramento, testimoniano di una ...more
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André Leroi-Gourhan was a French archaeologist, paleontologist, paleoanthropologist, and anthropologist with an interest in technology and aesthetics and a penchant for philosophical reflection.