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On the ontological scheme of Beyond nature and culture

Marshall Sahlins

Abstract


This article is an alternative reading of Philippe Descola’s ontological scheme, arguing that animism, totemism, and analogism are but three forms of animism, namely communal, segmentary, and hierarchical. Often found in various degrees of salience in the same society, all moreover are versions of an anthropomorphism well known as our own default scheme of things. Ethnographic examples are provided.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau4.1.013