Posted by: Johan Normark | August 30, 2016

The ontogenesis of ontologies

I am currently writing a text on Descola’s ontologies and how they relate to Maya cave studies. This will be a significant departure from my previous focus on emergence (or ontogenesis in this case). Descola has been described as a neostructuralist but I see no major obstacles in transforming his “rigid” ontological schema into something processual. 

This text is also one of several articles that create a frame for a new project preliminary entitled “The ontogenesis of ontologies”. In its current state the project will focus on long-term changes in settlement and land use in the Maya area related to Descola’s schemas of practice. It will also problematize the concepts of resilience and sustainability.



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