23 May 2013

      São Paulo - Appropriation and Dedication #3

      Eduardo Viveiros de Castro
      Centro Cultural, São Paulo
    2. From our strong response to sections 3 and 4 of Karl Marx’s Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts (1844) we felt it to be important to probe texts that dedicate themselves to the studies of non-capitalist societies and how mechanisms of appropriation take place. If Marx’s text is a radical critique (and a heavy criticism) of the Hegelian philosophy, despite the explicit flirtation with it, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro – anthropologist and one of the most prominent living intellectuals in Brazil – critiques the whole Western ontological disciplinary mode in his research on what he calls “perspectivism” as a means to conduct anthropological research today: “it is not a matter of asking indigenous peoples what their point of view is about the world; it is a matter of asking them what their point of view is on points of view”. We will read two interviews with the author titled 'Temos que criar um outro conceito de criação' and 'Uma boa política é aquela que multiplica os possíveis' in Eduardo Viveiros de Castro: entrevistas (org. Renato Sztutsman). 

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