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Beyond Nature and Culture (Paperback): Philippe Descola

Beyond Nature and Culture (Paperback)

Philippe Descola; Translated by Janet Lloyd; Foreword by Marshall Sahlins

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Successor to Claude Levi-Strausa at the College de France, Philippe Descola has become one of the most important anthropologists working today, and Beyond Nature and Culture has been a major influence in European intellectual life since its publication in 2005. Here, finally, it is brought to English-language readers. At its heart is a question central to both anthropology and philosophy: what is the relationship between nature and culture? 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 theoretical understandings from cognitive science, structural analysis, and phenomenology, he formulates a sophisticated new framework, the "four ontologies" - animism, totemism, naturalism, and analogism - to account for all the ways we relate ourselves to nature. By thinking beyond nature and culture as a simple dichotomy, Descola offers nothing short of a fundamental reformulation by which anthropologists and philosophers can see the world afresh.


Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Country of origin: United States
Release date: December 2014
First published: October 2014
Authors: Philippe Descola
Translators: Janet Lloyd
Foreword by: Marshall Sahlins
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 488
ISBN-13: 978-0-226-21236-4
Categories: Books > Humanities > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > General
Books > Philosophy > Topics in philosophy > Social & political philosophy
LSN: 0-226-21236-X
Barcode: 9780226212364

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