Cette séance du séminaire Gouverner le vivant accueille Paige West et Philippe Descola.

Gouverner le vivant

Ontologies as emergent : Indigenous philosophical propositions concerning the past, the present, and possible futures

Vendredi 11 avril 2014, 10h30 à 12h30, MNHN

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Much has been said of late about the multiple forms of knowing, being, seeing, feeling, and narrating worlds among people and peoples with whom anthropologists work. In this paper I push this conversation forward by asking about the emergent natures of ontological propositions. I do this based on eighteen years of research on the island of New Guinea. Gimi speaking peoples in the Eastern HIghlands of Papua New Guinea have elaborate philosophical propositions concerning historic and contemporary social worlds. In this paper I describe Gimi philosophy in general and discuss specific ethnographic examples that allow us to understand how Gimi philosophers come to understandings about possible futures given.


  • Paige West, Columbia University, New York
  • Discutant : Philippe Descola, Collège de France

Présentation et discussion en anglais.

Informations pratiques

Vendredi 11 avril 2014, 10h30 à 12h30

Muséum national d’histoire naturelle
Grand amphi d’entomologie
45 rue Buffon, Paris 5e