Michael D. Jackson
Animism, fetishism and anthropomorphism have often been taken as signs of primitivism and fallacious reasoning. This course explores the origins of these modes of thought, not simply in history and culture but in human intersubjectivity and existential situations. The general theme of the course is the interplay of persons and things, persons and animals, subjects and objects. Drawing on a variety of ethnographic materials, we will explore the conditions under which the extra-human world of things, plants, animals and "natural" phenomena is assimilated to the social world of persons.
Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Course location to be announced.
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