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Comparative Metaphysics

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COMPARATIVE METAPHYSICS

ONTOLOGY AFTER ANTHROPOLOGY


Pierre CHARBONNIER, Gildas SALMON, Peter SKAFISH (dir.)


How does the ontological turn in anthropology redefine what modern, Western ontology is in practice, and offer the beginnings of a new ontological pluralism ?
On a planet that is increasingly becoming a single, metaphysically homogeneous world, anthropology remains one of the few disciplines that recognizes that being has been thought with very different concepts and can still be rendered in terms quite different than those placed on it today. Yet despite its critical acuity, even the most philosophically oriented anthropology often remains segregated from philosophical discussions aimed at rethinking such terms. What would come of an anthropology more fully committed to being a source of (post-) philosophical concepts ? What would happen to philosophy if it began to think with and through these concepts ? How, finally, does comparison condition these two projects ? This book addresses these questions from a variety of perspectives, all of which nonetheless hold in common the view that "philosophy" has been displaced and altered by the modes of thought of other collectives. An international group of authors, including Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, Marilyn Strathern, Philippe Descola, and Bruno Latour, explore how the new anthropology/philosophy conjuncture opens new horizons of critique.


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CHARACTERISTICS

Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield International

Collection : Reinventing Critical Theory

ISBN : 978-1-7834-8857-5 (Hardback) // 978-1-7834-8858-2 (Paperback)

Length : 364 p.

Price : £ 100,00 (Hardback) // £ 32,95 (Paperback)

Publication Date : 2017

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Introduction

PART I
COMPARISON, SYMMETRY, PLURALISM

Varieties of Ontological Pluralism, Philippe DESCOLA [enregistrement audio (en français) en ligne sur La forge numérique de la MRSH de l'université de Caen Normandie]

On Ontological Delegation : The Birth of Neoclassical Anthropology, Gildas SALMON [Translated by Nicolas CARTER]

Connections, Friends, and Their Relations : An Issue in Knowledge-Making, Marilyn STRATHERN

We Have Never Been Pluralist : On Lateral and Frontal Comparisons in the Ontological Turn, Matei CANDEA

PART II
CONCEPTUAL ALTERATION : THEORY AND METHOD

Anthropological Meditations : Discourse on Comparative Method, Patrice MANIGLIER

The Contingency of Concepts : Transcendental Deduction and Ethnographic Expression in Anthropological Thinking, Martin HOLBRAAD

Breaking the Modern Epistemic Circle : The Ontological Engagement of Critical Anthropology, Pierre CHARBONNIER [Translated by Nicolas CARTER]

PART III
LIFE AND AGENCY OUTSIDE NATURE

Thinking with Thinking Forests, Eduardo KOHN

Nature among the Greeks : Empirical Philology and the Ontological Turn in Historical Anthropology, Arnaud MACÉ [Translated by Nicolas CARTER]

Moving to Remain the Same : An Anthropological Theory of Nomadism, Morten Axel PEDERSEN

PART IV
COSMOPOLITICS AND ALTERITY

Metaphysics as Mythophysics : Or, Why I Have Always Been an Anthropologist, Eduardo VIVEIROS DE CASTRO

Metamorphosis of Consciousness : Concept, System, and Anthropology in American Channels, Peter SKAFISH

Ordering What Is : The Political Implications of Ontological Knowledge, Baptiste GILLE [Translated by Nicolas CARTER]

A Dialog About a New Meaning of Symmetric Anthropology, Bruno LATOUR [Interviewed by Carolina MIRANDA]

Index

Notes on Contributors

Acknowledgments : Cerisy