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Divination and Ontologies

A Reflection

David Zeitlyn

From the outside, it seems that many of those circling round the ontological turn seem to take for granted that anthropologists can recognize an ontology when they see, taste, or smell one and that no further definition is needed. However, turning

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Reflective Ontology and Intuitive Credibility in Chinese Six Lines Prediction

William Matthews

lines prediction are justified according to an explicit ontology—a fully established account of the fundamental kinds of things that exist—which diviners draw on to explain how their practice works. The six lines method is based on the two

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Ontological Opportunism

Reanimating the Inanimate in Physics and Science Communication at CERN

Anne Dippel

underline ontological understanding of science at its most fundamental level. The claim that science is infused with magical thought, animist concepts and has ‘never been modern’ ( Latour 1993 ) has been a long-standing given in anthropology as well as

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Post-Hellenistic Perspectives on Divination, the Individual, and the Cosmos

Elsa Giovanna Simonetti

perspective as ‘anthropologists of the ancient world’. It will analyze the conceptual structures of the divinatory theories presented by first-hand witnesses and critics in light of modern anthropological findings in the field of ontology and divination. The

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A School of Thought in Christian Anthropology

A discussion on ontology, religion, and the limits of secularity

Jon Bialecki and Eloise Meneses

perspective, that is, with Christian starting assumptions rooted in Christian theology, history, and tradition. Not unlike Marxist anthropology, Christian anthropology would hold both ontological and ethical premises, as well as stated teleologies. Of course

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Dividing Worlds

Tsunamis, Seawalls, and Ontological Politics in Northeast Japan

Andrew Littlejohn

regions—what I call a politics of ‘ontological dissensus’. By ‘ontological’, I mean related to what Philippe Descola (2014: 271–272) calls ‘worlding’, that is, perceiving, conceiving the nature of and relations between, and interfering with the

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Introduction

Comparative Perspectives on Divination and Ontology

William Matthews

can be known—has been a perennial concern in anthropology. Building on recent work that analyzes the relationship between divination and ontology ( Holbraad 2012 ; Matthews 2017 ; Swancutt 2012 ), this special issue asks new questions that combine

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Concorde's Tyres

Disaster, Law, and Ontology

Will Rollason

This article is about the ontological work that law does in complex and risky technical systems. In it, I argue that law is ontologically necessary for the existence of such systems. I make this argument in the context of the crash of a Concorde

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The anthropology of infrastructure

The boom and the bubble?

Natalia Buier

the 1990s search for an ethnography of infrastructure within science and technology studies, reworked and grafted upon developments connected to actor-network theory, the ontological turn, posthumanist approaches and a general concern with more

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The antimonies of the PAH (Platform of Mortgage Victims) in Spain

Between solidarity and political effectiveness

Monique Nuijten and Pieter de Vries

compromise, and the political in the ontological sense, rupturing (bourgeois) morality and practice. The political, in short, rather than adjudicating between good and bad politics, stands for a break with the current state of things. Following this line of