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How Forests ThinkToward an Anthropology Beyond the Human$
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Eduardo Kohn

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276109

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276109.001.0001

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Introduction: Runa Puma

Introduction: Runa Puma

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(p.1) Introduction: Runa Puma
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How Forests Think
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Eduardo Kohn

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520276109.003.0001

This introductory chapter sets out the book’s main themes. This book seeks to contribute to posthuman critiques of the ways in which we have treated humans as exceptional—and thus as fundamentally separate from the rest of the world—by developing a more robust analytic for understanding human relations to nonhuman beings. It does so by reflecting on what it might mean to say that forests think; by working out the connection between representational processes (which form the basis for all thought) and living ones as this is revealed through ethnographic attention to that which lies beyond the human. It uses the insights thus gained to rethink assumptions about the nature of representation. It also explores how this rethinking changes our anthropological concepts.

Keywords:   anthropology, human relations, nonhuman beings, posthuman critiques

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