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Structuralism and Ontology: An Anthropological Journey

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  • Fri 04 May 2018 11.00 - 13.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-05-04 11:00 2018-05-04 13:00 Europe/Paris Structuralism and Ontology: An Anthropological Journey

Lecture in the framework of the series Thinking Science at Large - Towards a Connected History of Science and in collaboration with the Collège de France and the Ambassade de France in Italy. The key concept and methodological tool of lévi-straussian structural anthropology is the group of transformation. A structure, understood as a system of contrastive oppositions, only acquires an analytical dynamism thanks to its capacity to organize the transformations between the models of a same group of phenomena. For a structure to be differentiated from a mere system, then, invariant relations must be brought to light between the elements and the relations of different sets so that each of these set is connected to another by the means of a transformation. However, there are different ways to conceive a structural transformation in anthropology which the lecture will explore. It will then build on these results to approach the epistemological consequences of apprehending ontological pluralism as a group of transformation.

Sala del Consiglio - Villa Salviati- Castle DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala del Consiglio - Villa Salviati- Castle

Lecture in the framework of the series Thinking Science at Large - Towards a Connected History of Science and in collaboration with the Collège de France and the Ambassade de France in Italy. The key concept and methodological tool of lévi-straussian structural anthropology is the group of transformation. A structure, understood as a system of contrastive oppositions, only acquires an analytical dynamism thanks to its capacity to organize the transformations between the models of a same group of phenomena. For a structure to be differentiated from a mere system, then, invariant relations must be brought to light between the elements and the relations of different sets so that each of these set is connected to another by the means of a transformation. However, there are different ways to conceive a structural transformation in anthropology which the lecture will explore. It will then build on these results to approach the epistemological consequences of apprehending ontological pluralism as a group of transformation.


Location:
Sala del Consiglio - Villa Salviati- Castle

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization

Type:
Lecture

Organiser:
Stéphane Van Damme

Contact:
Miriam Felicia Curci - Send a mail

Speaker:
Philippe Descola (Collège de France)

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