BEYOND NATURE AND CULTURE DESCOLA PDF

Start your review of Beyond Nature and Culture Write a review Dec 17, Boria Sax rated it it was amazing 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. Others 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. Still others are panicked by the prospect and describe it entirely in terms of negatives, for example a decline in human rights.

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Start your review of Beyond Nature and Culture Write a review Dec 17, Boria Sax rated it it was amazing 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. Others 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.

Still others are panicked by the prospect and describe it 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 Beyond Nature and Culture has, so far as I can tell, done more 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 Siberia , totemism Australian aborigines , and 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 decades and centuries to come. I accidently left my review for this under The Ecology of Others!

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Introduction session part 1 : Beyond Nature and Culture in Southeast Asia

Credits Introduction session part 1 : Beyond Nature and Culture in Southeast Asia The objective of this seminar is to study the relations between natures and societies in Southeast Asia in the light of the work of the French anthropologist Philippe Descola. The expressions Beyond nature and culture 1 refers to the title of his master piece which is a deconstruction of the idea of a universal nature. To include in our study the relation between human and non-humans — gods, spirits, plants, animals, objects. To explore the diversity of natures in Southeast Asia. In this first part, I will present Philippe Descola and the big lines of the his thought.

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Beyond Nature and Culture

Translated by Marshall Sahlins. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN: hard cover. Rejecting the nature-culture dichotomy as a human universal, Descola seeks out its origins in the Western world, bringing the reader on a worldwide journey that spans millennia. First published in French in , the first English-language edition is skillfully translated by Janet Lloyd, and features an introduction by Marshall Sahlins.

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