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World. An anthropological examination (Part 1)

Pina-Cabral, Joao (2014) World. An anthropological examination (Part 1). Journal of Ethnographic Theory, 4 (1). pp. 49-73. ISSN 2049-1115. E-ISSN 2049-1115. (doi:10.14318/hau4.1.002)

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Anthropologists often take recourse to the word “world” as if its meaning were selfevident, but the word remains highly ambivalent, often extending its meaning in a perilously polysemic fashion. So, the question of “what world are we engaging?” imposes itself, particularly as it leads to another important question: are there “worlds”? This latter question raises some of the fundamental perplexities that have haunted anthropological theory throughout the past century. In this series of two articles, I propose to abandon the established dichotomy between rather crude forms of realism and equally crude forms of semiotic idealism. I sustain that we cannot discuss world without considering for whom, but that this is fully compatible with single-world ontology if we take into account the role of personhood in the human condition. This first article argues for a single-world ontology and for the centrality of personhood. It explores the implications of a form of minimal realism that best suits the ethnographic gesture, while the second article responds to the question of world-forming, the matter of worldview.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.14318/hau4.1.002
Uncontrolled keywords: world, ontology, worldview, representation, intentionality, monism.
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: Joao Pina-Cabral
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2015 15:21 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 15:59 UTC
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