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La question de la tonalité : retour sur le partage nature-culture. Relire Lévi-Strauss avec des lunettes pragmatistes ?

Abstract : The author suggests to read again Lévi-Strauss's famous digression on music, which opens his Mythologiques. The interest of getting back to this provocative text is not to criticize or defend it, but to draw some benefit from the analyses it provides, from the criticism it got, from the misunderstandings it raised, and even from its shortcomings, in order to address from scratch the issue of tonality. The text presents it as a perfor-mance, articulating physical properties of sound and musical language. Lévi-Strauss didn't try to apply his own model to music. On the contrary, finding the way by which music provides such an articulation between nature and culture quite mysterious, he exploited this unlikely success of music to push his conceptions to their limits. Underlining a series of paradoxes, the author shows in particular how remote from the heritage of structuralism stands Lévi-Strauss, whose position he tries to reassess in the light of contributions brought by Science & Technology Studies and pragmatist sociology.
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Antoine Hennion. La question de la tonalité : retour sur le partage nature-culture. Relire Lévi-Strauss avec des lunettes pragmatistes ?. Année Sociologique, Presses Universitaires de France, 2010, 60 (2), pp.361-386. ⟨10.3917/anso.102.0361⟩. ⟨hal-00530231⟩

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