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Beyond nature and culture

Author: Philippe Descola; Janet Lloyd, (Translator)
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Culture - as a collective human making, of art, language, and so forth - is often seen as essentially different than nature, which is portrayed as a collective of the nonhuman world, of plants, animals, geology, and natural forces. Descola shows this essential difference to be, however, not only a specifically Western notion, but also a very recent one. Drawing on ethnographic examples from around the world and  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philippe Descola; Janet Lloyd, (Translator)
ISBN: 9780226144450 0226144453 022621236X 9780226212364
OCLC Number: 872124521
Notes: Originaltitel: Par-delà nature et culture
"Originally published as Philippe Descola, Par-delà nature et culture (Paris: Editions Gallimard, 2005) ∞ Editions Gallimard, Paris, 2005"--Title page verso
Description: xxii, 463 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Trompe-l'oeil nature. Configurations of continuity ; The wild and the domesticated ; The great divide. The structures of experience. The schemas of practice ; Relations with the self and relations with others. The dispositions of being. Animism restored ; Totemism as an ontology ; The certainties of naturalism ; The dizzying prospects of analogy ; Terms, relations, categories. The ways of the world. The institution of collectives ; Metaphysics of morals. An ecology of relations. Forms of attachment ; The traffic of souls ; Histories of structures. Epilogue : the spectrum of possibilities
Responsibility: Philippe Descola ; translated by Janet Lloyd ; foreword by Marshall Sahlins


Deals with a question central to both anthropology and philosophy: what is the relationship between nature and culture? Drawing on ethnographic examples from around the world, the author formulates a  Read more...


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"Few books have the merit to counter the established way of thinking by reformulating great questions on a new basis.... It is nevertheless what Philippe Descola's book achieves.... An important book Read more...

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