History and Theory 12 (2):192 (1973)

Lévi-Strauss's proposed link between his theory of history and Marx's is misleading. Believing that social reality and human actions are determined by unconscious and universal structures of the mind, he discounts the historical process as a contributor to man's consciousness. The codes of the unconscious structures are a priori rules for decision making; possible options are determined by chance. History consists of accidental events determined by discontinuous choices. Unlike Lévi-Strauss, Marx based his theories on praxis informed by man's consciousness. Rational decisions are limited solely by our awareness of surrounding, conditions, which we can change. Unlike Lévi -Strauss' models, Marx's are verifiable and his history is continuous
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