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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Davey rated it really liked it Nov 07, November and December 50shadesofevidence. The project that Descola gives himself in response to this strange situation is two-fold: Trivia About Beyond Nature and 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 Humans have a supernatural divine origin.

Culture—as a collective human making, of art, beyobd, 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. But his way in is two-fold: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Descola clearly defines his intention to overcome the determinism of ecological anthropology and structuralism, still dependent on the universal opposition between nature and culture.

Marzia rated it it was ok Apr 28, Frontiers between human and non-humans are not clear in many societies in the world not even in the so-called modern society. Still others are anr 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.

Only humans have subjectivity. All these more recently evolved political institutions and ideologies evolved in response to or resistance to other aspects of the culture — specifically, according to Marx geyond to the relations of production which are in turn functions of the economy?


The recent Luk thep child angel phenomenon in Thailand — in which dolls are animated, through specific rituals, with the souls of young children who have passed away — illustrate this indistinct frontiers between human and artifacts.

It postulates the uniqueness of nature on which unfolds the diversity of cultures. Not sure why I’m starting this now. If anthropology has anything to tell us about our species, it is to reaffirm that we are part of a single evolving planetary ecology. Given the statistical success fo only one hunt out of four succeeding, not to share would force conditions of privation on one family after another, with possible ill will along with it, disrupting the life and not just the descols balance within the humans sharing a camp.

Mona rated it it was amazing Nov 19, The danger here is not some little mental fisticuffs within an academic realm of discourse. To ask other readers questions about Beyond Nature and Cultureplease sign up. Thus, the basic argument of the book: In this first part, I will present Philippe Descola and the big lines of the his thought. So any signs of greed and hoarding are despised, as are dishonesty and theft and disloyalty, to say nothing of lack of compassion.

That is why the scientific method was adopted in the first place. Totemism same interiority, same physicality. In the final sections, Descola details six modes of relation that mediate these four primary modes of identification — exchange, predation and gift, on the one hand; production, protection and transmission, on the other In the last chapters, presumably wary of charges of essentialism, he gives us examples of how the same modes might produce quite different local configurations, and also how they change over time.

Rather, it was the slow modification of social conventions that left us with the vexing issue of the landless and the poverty stricken. What anthropology needs is to use these lessons to analyses and lay bare the reality of the human species project on this planet.

In the second part, I will develop through examples how his theoretical propositions could be adapted to Southeast Asian ethnographic materials. Whereas we study the facts and we explain the culture by nature.


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

The idea of a nature, unique and universal, is a Western cosmological conception. Descola shows this essential difference to be, however, not only a specifically Western notion, but also a very recent one. Return to Book Page. His research interests include neuroscience and psychiatry, urbanicity, autism, affect, and interdisciplinarity.

It is on this great division between humanity and the world of nature that relay the academic division between natural sciences and humanities with:.

This is important, because many will come to Descola from an interest in a more contemporary and a more modest project — one that provincializes the basic figure of human subjectivity and intentionality, legislated at least in part by an historical division of nature and culture. Read Steven Nadler on his work — very important stuff.

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Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Cultkre rated it really liked it Dec 27, Mathias rated it it was amazing Nov 05, To include in our study the relation between human and non-humans — gods, spirits, plants, animals, objects. At the time of the Anthropocene, it fescola crucial that this masterpiece be read by all those who are looking for a successor to nature and to culture. This is the beginning of a fairly exhaustive — and, frankly, armchairish — tour of parts of the world in which similar convictions hold sway.

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Similarly, low value is placed on having any non portable goods, for high mobility is often key to the whole way of life. American Indians, Vietnamese tribes or Pygmies are also animists. The best book on animist and naturalist I have read so far.