Philippe Descola

Wedesday 30 May 2018, 5 p.m.


In parallel with the In Tune with the World exhibition, a number of events will be scheduled at which artists, scientists, sociologists, anthropologists and philosophers come together for face-to-face encounters with the public.


This Conversation is broadcasted on the Fondation's website (in French only).

In what new ways are humans tied to their environment?


Today’s artists reflect and interpret the fascinating, leading-edge research being conducted to understand the oneness of the countless forms of life that form the tapestry of our world, blurring the distinctions between human, animal, plant and even mineral.


This In Tune with the World exhibition is based on a specific theme that explores current questions about mankind’s place in the universe and new approaches to how humans are tied to their environment and the realm of living things.


From his current research on the ontology of images, Philppe Descola offers a new view on the artworks of the exhibition through an anthropologic perspective, using his four classification categories that he introduced to represent reality.

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Wedesday 30 May 2018 5 p.m.


Philippe Descola


After contributing to the ethnographic study of Amazonia, based notably on his research on the Jivaros Achuar people, Descola spent several years studying the comparative anthropology of relations between humans and non-humans and, more recently, the anthropology of images. Professor to the Chair in Anthropology of Nature at the Collège de France, and Director of Studies at the EHESS, he ran the Laboratory of Social Anthropology between 2000 and 2013. He has written a number of books including La Nature domestique  (Paris, 1986), Les lances du crépuscule  (Paris, 1993, translated into English as The Spears of Twilight, New York, 1996), Par-delà nature et culture  (Paris, 2005, translated into English as Beyond Nature and Culture, University of Chicago Press, 2013), Diversité des natures, diversité des cultures  (Paris, 2010), L’écologie des autres  (Paris, 2011, translated into English as The Ecology of Others, University of Chicago Press, 2013), and La Composition des mondes  (Paris, 2014). Descola received the CNRS Gold Medal in 2012 and is a foreign member of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.