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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263945

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263945.001.0001

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Beyond Nature and Culture

Beyond Nature and Culture

Radcliffe-Brown Lecture In Social Anthropology

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(p.137) Beyond Nature and Culture
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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures
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PHILIPPE DESCOLA

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263945.003.0006

This chapter discusses the concepts of nature and culture. It reveals that Radcliffe-Brown had a poor opinion of the concept of culture; he neglected to consider that the concept of nature was no more concrete or directly observable than ‘culture’. The chapter shows that other civilisations were able to adopt a variety of ways to distribute qualities to beings in the world, thus resulting in forms of discontinuity and continuity between humans and non-humans. It stresses that people should treat the modern ontological grid — moral singularity versus physical universality — as one of several other formulae employed to describe the structures of the world.

Keywords:   nature and culture, Radcliffe-Brown, discontinuity, continuity, modern ontological grid, moral singularity, physical universality, structures of the world

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