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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 French 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?

Cultureandmdash;as a collective human making, of art, language, and so forthandmdash;is often seen as essentially different from 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 andldquo;four ontologiesandrdquo;andmdash; animism, totemism, naturalism, and analogismandmdash;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.

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"A massive classic of modern anthropology...that reads better than most fiction". A Choice Outstanding Academic Book.

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ISBN:
9781565844384
Translator:
Lloyd, Janet
Author:
Lloyd, Janet
Author:
Descola, Philippe
Author:
Sahlins, Marshall
Publisher:
New Press
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
South American
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Amazon river and valley
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Latin America - South America
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Sociology - General
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
19980431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone, 2 line drawings, 9 tables
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.5 in

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Central and South America
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History and Social Science » Sociology » General
History and Social Science » World History » South America

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