The Composition of Worlds

The Composition of Worlds

Interviews with Pierre Charbonnier
1. Aufl.

von: Philippe Descola

18,99 €

Verlag: Wiley
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 19.10.2023
ISBN/EAN: 9781509559886
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 194

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<p>In this autobiographical reflection, the distinguished anthropologist Philippe Descola looks back on his intellectual career and examines both the central themes of his work and the key questions that have shaped anthropological debates over the past forty years.</p> <p>A student of Lévi-Strauss, Descola conducted ethnographic research among the Achuar of the upper Amazon in the late 1970s, focusing on how native societies relate to their environment. In this book he sheds fresh light on the evolution of his thinking from structuralism to an anthropology beyond the human, on the critique of the modern separation between nature and society, and above all on the genesis and scope of his major work <i>Beyond Nature and Culture</i>. This synthesis of the ways in which humans view their relationships with non-humans proposes four schemas for the ‘composition of worlds’ (animism, naturalism, totemism, analogism) that characterize our ways of inhabiting the earth.</p> Presented in the form of an extended conversation with Pierre Charbonnier, this book is both a lucid introduction to the work of one of the most original anthropologists writing today and an impassioned plea for ontologies that are more accommodating of the diversity of beings.
Foreword to the English edition<br /><br /><br /><br />I. A taste for inquiry<br /><br />                                            <br />Philosophical journeys<br />                                           <br />Discovering the mind, discovering the world<br />                                 <br />Among the tribe of anthropologists<br />                                     <br />Entering the pantheon<br /><br />                                                  <br />    <br />II. An Amazonian sojourn and the challenges of ethnography<br /><br />                    <br />The world of the forest<br />                                          <br />Living and working among the Achuar<br />                                    <br />The trial of return<br />                                                   <br /><br />III. The diversity of natures<br />                                              <br />The four corners of the world<br />                                              <br />Methodological questions<br />                                              <br />Conceptual reform<br />                                                <br />Forms of figuration<br /><br />                                          <br /><br />IV. The contemporary world in the light of anthropology<br /><br />                 <br />We Moderns<br />                                                 <br />From anthropology to ecology<br />                                     <br />Political anthropology<br />                                      <br />The museum<br />                                                   <br /><br />Bibliography<br /><br />Notes<br /><br />Index
<p>“Charbonnier’s questions have engendered exquisite insights into the essence of Descola’s anthropology. A very welcome translation reveals the prescience with which, long ago, this eminent thinker scaled up his concerns to address some of today’s most urgent problems.”<br /><b>Marilyn Strathern, University of Cambridge</b><br /><br />“What a privilege, to accompany this brilliant anthropologist as he develops and reflects on his meta-ontology against the background of the ethnographic vocation, the Amazonian forest, structuralism, and the distinctiveness of anthropology in France! An instant classic, this exceptionally lucid work will be indispensable for teaching.”<br /><b>Michael Lambek, University of Toronto</b></p>
<b>Philippe Descola</b> is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the Collège de France and Director of Studies at EHESS, Paris.

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