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Philippe Descola

Par-delà nature et culture


Seul l'Occident moderne s'est attaché à bétir l'opposition, donc la discontinuité supposée, entre la nature et la culture. L'anthropologie perpétue dans la définition même de son objet - la diversité culturelle sur fond d'universalité naturelle - une opposition dont les peuples qu'elle étudie ont fait l'économie. Philippe Descola, professeur au Collège de France, propose ici, à partir de traits communs qui se répondent d'un continent à l'autre, une approche nouvelle des manières de répartir continuités et discontinuités entre l'homme et son environnement : le totémisme, qui souligne la continuité matérielle et morale entre humains et non-humains ; l'analogisme, qui postule entre les éléments du monde un réseau de discontinuités structuré par des relations de correspondances ; l'animisme, qui prête aux non-humains l'intériorité des humains, mais les en différencie par le corps ; le naturalisme qui nous rattache aux non-humains par les continuités matérielles et nous en sépare par l'aptitude culturelle. Chaque mode d'identification autorise des configurations singulières qui redistribuent les existants dans des collectifs aux frontières bien différentes de celles que les sciences humaines nous ont rendues familières. C'est à une recomposition radicale de ces sciences que ce livre invite.

Format: Paperback
Published: in France in 2015
Publisher: Folio
Pages: 800
Language: French
ISBN 13: 9782070465873
ISBN 10: 207046587X

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Par-delà nature et culture