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Structuralism
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I. The Term

The term structuralism is a collective name for an intellectual movement that shaped the human sciences and intellectual life in general, especially in France, in the 1950s and 1960s. Inspired by Ferdinand de Saussure’s linguistic studies, proponents of structuralism analyzed the enormous diversity of phenomena perceptible to the senses, seeking to define their common invariant structures. Just as the term structure is derived from Latin structura, a fabric of different but in…

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Rese, Friederike, Heidermanns, Frank and Figl, Johann, “Structuralism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 09 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_024991>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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