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Transformation transformed

Philippe Descola

Abstract


The key methodological tool of Lévi-Straussian structural anthropology is the group of transformation. A structure only acquires an analytical dynamism thanks to its capacity to organize the transformations between the models of a same group of phenomena. The paper explores various approaches to this concept and builds on these results to examine the consequences of apprehending ontological pluralism as a group of transformation.


Keywords


structuralism, Lévi-Strauss, transformation, ontology, the nonhuman

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau6.3.005