PDF | Tradução de Bruno Ribeiro. Original: DESCOLA, Philippe. ‘Beyond Nature and Culture’, Proceedings of the British Academy, volume , pp. Philippe Descola’s Beyond Nature & Culture is not a modest book. Having first appeared French in , it systematizes some of the ideas. In this first part, I will present Philippe Descola and the big lines of the his In Beyond nature and culture, Descola shows that the opposition.
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Return to Book Page. Beyond Nature and Culture by Philippe Descola. 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 Here, finally, it is brought to English-language readers.
At its heart is a question central to both anthropology and philosophy: Culture—as a collective human making, of art, language, and so forth—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. 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.
Beyond Nature and Culture by Philippe Descola
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A consensus seems to be emerging among people in many fields from ecology to philosophy that dominance of anthropocentrism in Western culture is approaching an end, but remarkably few people have seriously tried to envision what this change would entail. Some people expect to continue essentially as before, perhaps with a few reforms. Cculture speak of the change very dramatically, while giving almost no specifics, a bit as people used to imagine the Communist utopia.
Still others are panicked by A consensus seems to be emerging among people in many fields from ecology to philosophy that dominance of anthropocentrism in Western culture is approaching an end, but remarkably few people have seriously tried to envision what this change would entail. Natkre others are panicked by the prospect and describe cu,ture entirely in terms of negatives, for example a decline in human rights.
All of these approaches impress me as not only lazy but unnecessary.
Certainly, we cannot predict what society will be like after the decline of anthropocentrism in any detail, but disciplines such as anthropology, history and folklore give us sufficient tools to at least envisage, in fairly clear terms, some of the possibilities. Descola in Veyond Nature and Culture has, so far as I can tell, done culutre than anybody else in exploring models for what life after anthropocentrism would be like.
According to him, anthropocentrism, found only in the modern Occident, is only one of four basic ontologies, with which people have tried to understand the world. The others are animism indigenous cultures of Africa and most of the Americas, most of Siberiatotemism Australian aboriginesand analogism China, the Renaissance in the West, plus enclaves among indigenous peoples in Mexico, West-Central Africa, and Northern Siberia. These other three ontologies have also survived in enclaves within Western culture, and we may expect one or more of them to increase in prominence over the beyonnd and centuries to come.
Dec 10, Kelda deecola it as to-finish Shelves: Not sure why I’m starting this now.
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Professor Peter Stahl described it as very difficult, fascinating, and rewarding. I loved the shorter Descola article we were assigned in the Anthropological Theory fescola, and I’ve been wanting to read more by him.
Read the introduction, and I’m already hooked. The best book on animist and naturalist I have read so far.
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