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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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 naturre 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. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Beyond Nature and Cultureplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Beyond Nature and Culture. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Dec 17, Boria Sax rated it it was amazing. A consensus seems to be emerging among people in many fields aand 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.

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Some people expect to continue essentially as before, perhaps with a few reforms.

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Others speak of the change very dramatically, while xnd 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.

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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 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 decades and centuries to come.

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Dec 10, Culrure marked it as to-finish Shelves: Not sure why I’m starting this now. Professor Peter Stahl described it as very difficult, fascinating, and rewarding. I loved the shorter Descola article we were assigned in the Anthropological Theory class, and I’ve been wanting to read more by him.

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Read the introduction, and I’m already hooked. The best book on animist and naturalist I have read so far. Charlotte rated it really liked it Dec 27, Hannah Bunkin rated it it was amazing Jul 04, Martin Tremcinsky rated it really liked it Dec 04, Inna rated it it was amazing Sep 16, Marc Chataigner rated it it was amazing Oct 10, Tom Uytterhoeven rated it really liked it Aug 07, Grand rated it it was amazing Dec 30, Julie Rodrigue rated it really liked it Mar 12, Vivian Pradels Boutteville rated it really liked it Jan 17, Katarzyna Boo beyknd it liked it Nov 28, Emanuela Siqueira rated it really liked it Jan 24, Therry Elze rated it it was amazing Dec 12, Gabriel Winer rated it really liked it Jul 13, Blackjessamine rated it liked it Jun 27, Pirkka rated it liked nqture Jan 17, Ashveen rated it it beond amazing Dec 18, Marzia rated it it was ok Apr 28, Mona rated it it was amazing Nov 19, Stewart Miller rated it really liked descila Aug 17, David rated it really liked it Jan 21, Davey rated it really liked it Nov 07, William Matthews rated it it desocla amazing May 05, Mathias rated it it was amazing Nov 05, JTz rated it it was amazing Dec 24, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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