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The Ecology of Others

Since the end of the nineteenth century, the division between nature and culture has been fundamental to Western thought. In this groundbreaking work, renowned anthropologist Philippe Descola seeks to break down this divide, arguing for a departure from the anthropocentric model and its rigid dualistic conception of nature and culture as distinct phenomena. In its stead, Descola proposes a radical new worldview, in which beings and objects, human and nonhuman, are understood through the complex relationships that they possess with one another. 

The Ecology of Others presents a compelling challenge to anthropologists, ecologists, and environmental studies scholars to rethink the way we conceive of humans, objects, and the environment. Thought-provoking and engagingly written, it will be required reading for all those interested in moving beyond the moving beyond the confines of this fascinating debate.

90 pages | 4 1/2 x 7 | © 2013

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Biological Sciences: Ecology

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the English edition

I: The Clam Debate
On the proper use of siphons
Conjectural ecology
The two natures of Lévi-Strauss
II: Anthropological Dualism
Nature naturing, nature natured
A paradoxical object
Controversies and convergences
    The path of reduction
    The path of translation
III: To Each His Own Nature
Truths and beliefs
The mystery of the Moderns
Monisms and symmetries
Universalism and relativism

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